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Mercedes moving in right direction, claims Haug

Norbert Haug claims that Mercedes is moving in the right direction, even if it has yet to reach the heights he expects of it in F1.
Mercedes' vice-president of motorsport Norbert Haug has admitted that the marque's F1 performances, while improving, are still falling short of where they ought to be.

Nico Rosberg claimed back-to-back fifth places in the Chinese and Turkish grands prix, and led the race for 15 laps in Shanghai, but Haug insists that Mercedes is still failing to live up to expectation when it comes to taking on the likes of Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari. Rosberg currently sits ninth in the championship standings, with 20 points, while Mercedes is fifth in the teams' competition, with 26 points from four races.

"We were better than during the first two GPs, but still not good enough for where we want to be," Haug confessed to India's ibnlive.com, "We have to, and we will, improve further, but this takes time for a team that was completely re-structured one-and-a-half years ago."

Along with almost every other team on the grid, the Brackley-based outfit is bringing development parts to each race, and Haug is confident that, under Ross Brawn's direction, the squad can begin challenging at the very front.

"We are working on further improvements, and I think we are heading in the right direction," he claimed, "The third and fourth races saw the team start twice from the second row on the grid, and score two fifth-place finishes, [so] we will build on that. We have quite a few things in the pipeline, but Ross will hit me if I tell, so [there's] no chance that I can be specific."

While Rosberg has begun to regularly threaten the top five, veteran team-mate Michael Schumacher is again struggling to match up to his young compatriot. The seven-time world champion has just six points to his name, sits eleventh overall and has missed the final phase of qualifying in three out of four races this season. With rumours again circulating that Schumacher's time in F1 is nearing an end, however, Haug insisted that the 42-year old could still be a force to reckon with.

"Absolutely, he will succeed again," he claimed, "He has the speed, the talent and the willpower to do so."



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Duke - Unregistered

May 18, 2011 6:16 PM

Many Schumi fans couldn't care less about Merc GP and their board of directors,BUT,we do care about Schumi and the full blame for his lack of form is laid at the feet of Merc GP. It was wrong of them to chase after Michael while in retirement & expecting him to perform miracles when the car they had for him was rubbish and still is. With Rosberg it isn't so important,as he has never won a GP,so he can wait for the car to evolve. Mercedes have let Schumi down big time in my opinion.A world class manufacturer and yet they expected Schumi to win for them in clapped out combine harvester. To insult the greatest F1 racer of all time is unforgiveable.I have sold my ordinary 3year old Merc as a protest,and I will never buy another,they don't deserve support

Domination - Unregistered

May 19, 2011 9:09 AM

Please Duke, No one put a gun to Schumachers head. Rosberg has been on the podium 3 times and has led a race...in a Mercedes. The only one letting Schumacher down is himself.



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