Mercedes’ competition boss Norbert Haug has rubbished suggestions that either Nico Rosberg or Michael Schumacher will quickly tire of Mercedes GP’s current lack of competitiveness and head for pastures greener.
The Silver Arrows had hoped for a more competitive showing in their second season as a manufacturer-backed constructor, but are now finding themselves on the back foot in a seemingly off-the-pace W02 challenger.
And when asked what chance of there being any truth to rumours that Rosberg (previously linked with Red Bull Racing) or Schumacher could depart the team in frustration, Haug’s answer was abundantly clear.
“None. Zero-point-zero,” he told the Bild newspaper. “Our drivers don’t quit when it gets difficult.
“Michael is the most successful racing driver of all time but even he spent most of his career fighting back. He won 91 races, but twice as many more he did not win,” he added.
Rosberg’s recent interview with Germany’s RTL TV station painted a rather gloomy picture, describing the team’s lack of results and pace as “very serious”.
He added: “We are far from where we wanted to be, or thought we would be. But when I ask Ross Brawn if this team as it is can win a world championship, he says quite clearly ‘Yes’.
“[So] I am very motivated to improve the situation.”
[Original image via LAT]