Norbert Haug who has headed Mercedes’ motorsport division since 1990 will leave his post at the end of the year. The company has announced that the 60 year old Haug will not be renewing his contract after both parties came to a mutual agreement.
Norbert Haug who played a significant role in bringing the Mercedes brand back into F1 as a constructor, will now leave his his post after 22 years of services. His most successful spell was with Mclaren when Mercedes still had a share in the team. To his credit Haug leaves his role having won 3 World Driver’s Championships, 2 Constructors Championships and numerous other achievements in the world of motorsports.
On his departure Haug was quoted saying, “I would like to thank the best car company in the world for more than 22 years, which never had a single moment without passion for me,” I particularly wish to thank the Board for the trust and freedom they have always given me with all my activities. Since 1991, we had tremendous achievements and wins, for which I want to thank all of my colleagues. Unfortunately, with one victory in 2012 since founding our own Formula One works team in 2010, we couldn’t fulfill our own expectations. However, we have taken the right steps to be successful in the future. Our team and our drivers will do everything to achieve these goals.”
The question now is who will replace him? With his second career finally over, Herr Schumacher must be one of the hot favorites having occupied an advisory role at Ferrari before his comeback. Another strong candidate for the job is Nikki Lauda, who was recently hired by the silver arrows in an ambiguous ‘management’ role is also being touted as a successor. Whoever it is, one cannot deny the fact that they have extremely large shoes to fill.