Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug is to conclude his career with the Three Pointed Star at the end of this year.
The announcement sees the 60-year-old end his reign as head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport following more than 20 years at the helm.
According to a statement by Mercedes the decision has been made by 'mutual agreement' with the Board of Management, although no doubt some will point to the recent appointment of Niki Lauda as a consultant as a sign that change was on its way.
“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,” Haug said.
“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 F1 works team in 2010, we couldn't fulfil our own expectations. However, we have taken the right steps to be successful in the future. Our team and our drivers will now do everything to achieve these goals.”
“Norbert Haug was the face of the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport programme for more than 20 years,” added Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars and CEO of Daimler AG.
“For me, he put his stamp on a whole era and, as a highlight, he was responsible for the successful comeback of the Silver Arrows to F1.
“In the name of the Board of Management and the whole motorsport family, I would like to thank Norbert for his extraordinary commitment to the three-pointed star.”
During Haug's reign, Mercedes-Benz and its partners won six F1 world championship titles and took 87 F1 victories, while in the DTM, Mercedes teams won a total of 32 titles.