After 22 long years Daimler Vice President and Mercedes Motorsport head Nobert Haug has decided to step down at the end of 2012. Nobert became the head of Mercedes Motorsport division on 1st October 1990 and has since led the motorsport division.
During his time as Head of Mercedes Motorsport, Mercedes-Benz and its partners won six Formula One World Championship titles and took 87 F1 victories. In the DTM, Mercedes teams won a total of 32 titles under Haug’s reign.
File Photo: David Coulthard of Mclaren-Mercedes talks with Nobert Haug of Mercedes Motorsport during preparations for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix on May 19, 2004, in Monte Carlo.
The highlight of Haug’s career has been the enormous success achieved by Mercedes Benz in the German Touring Car World Championship. Since the first title win in 1992, Mercedes-Benz has won 54% of all DTM races and about 60% of all DTM titles.
“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. 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 do everything to achieve these goals,” Haug said.
Here’s what Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars and CEO of Daimler AG had to say:
“Norbert Haug was the face of the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport programme for more than 20 years. 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.”