Important chapter for Mercedes, says Haug
25 January 2010 – Norbert Haug is pleased to see Mercedes-Benz back in Formula 1 as a works team for the first time in 55 years. Having sold its shares in McLaren, the German car manufacturer will continue to provide engines to both it and Force India as its brand-new livery was revealed on Monday morning.
With the team and media gathering in Mercedes' Stuttgart museum for a somewhat brief gathering, the new Petronas-sponsored colour scheme was unveiled on a title-winning Brawn BGP001 of last year, with the 2010 car set to be seen as official pre-season testing begins in Valencia next week.
"With today's presentation of our new Mercedes Formula 1 Team, a new - and certainly the most important - chapter of over 100 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport history begins," explained Haug, the company's Vice President for Motorsport, who also noted that this year's Formula 1 budget is a quarter of what it was five years ago.
"The new season will offer challenges which will be bigger than ever before, in over sixty years of the sport's history.
"We look forward to the cooperation with our drivers; Nico Rosberg - who has enormous capabilities and perspectives - and 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher - who is no less motivated than at the time when he began his professional motor racing career with Mercedes-Benz and then made his first step into such a successful Formula 1 career with our support."