F1 » Haug insists Lauda not to blame for exit

Norbert Haug says the performance of the Mercedes team was the sole reason for his decision to step down as head of the company's motorsport division.

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fish fingers - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 4:17 PM

Not necessarily a good thing as Haug and Lewis have a good relationship, surprised there was not some overlap? Lauda can sometimes be rather tactless so wouldnt be surprised to see friction if Lewis isnt getting results by season end. Lets see if Lauda is a good choice

sodesu - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 4:54 PM

Really surprised by this whole thing TBH. Lauda's spell at Jag wasn't exactly a success story and some of it you can definitely in down to poor management decisions. Plus, as mentioned he's shown to be 'tactless' on occasion. I have a feeling this will end in tears...

Anyone know what Norbert will be up to now?

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 5:54 PM

Ross Brawn is a very strong team manager. He will be calling the shots out onthe track and at Brackley.

Lauda would be more like an advisor and a counselor to the drivers (particularly Hamilton)

Really? - Unregistered

December 15, 2012 8:01 AM

The only thing I could see it being is what I said on previous threads about Mercedes.

Since buying Brawn they always seem to have been chasing the next big innovation (like the double diffuser on the Brawn) instead of concentrating on delivering a fundamentally good base car.

My point is, if it was Norbert that pushed them down this direction to try and get them straight to the top of the pack, then I could understand the decision. If not then who knows why. If it was not his decision on that direction, then surely Ross would have been a better candidate for taking the rap since, according to what I've seen in interviews, he was more responsible for putting the design team together.

Lauda just seems a strange choice for me (I appreciate his wealth of knowledge and all he achieved as a driver) but what does he bring to Mercedes, especially over a guy that has 30 years successful management behind him.

Perhaps Norbert was just cheesed off that his name was associated with such perf

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