Norbert Haug, the accordion-loving head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, will leave his post ‘by mutual agreement’ at the end of the year after 22 years at the helm.
Haug has headed up the German carmaker’s motorsport programme since 1990. During this time, Mercedes has claimed six Formula 1 World Championship titles and 87 race wins, as guiding it to many successes in sports cars, DTM, CART and Formula 3.
“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,” Haug said in his announcement overnight.
“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.”
While Mercedes may have among the most impressive records in Formula 1 as an engine supplier, its return to the grid as a factory team in 2010 has yielded just a single win – a result that has fallen well short of the Mercedes board’s goals.
“Unfortunately, with one victory since founding our own Formula 1 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 drivers will do everything to achieve these goals.”
Headed by Ross Brawn, the Mercedes F1 team has undergone a rapid expansion of its technical line-up over the last 18 months, on top of signing Lewis Hamilton as team-mate to Nico Rosberg for the 2013 season.