Haug: Step-by-step progress for Mercedes
21 February 2012 – Mercedes AMG will be making no sudden strides in 2012, but rather small and effective steps back to the top in Formula 1. That is according to Norbert Haug, the company's Vice President for Motorsport, who spoke with GPUpdate.net on Tuesday.
Following the official launch of the F1 W03 in Barcelona, Michael Schumacher proceeded to test the car at the Circuit de Catalunya. This follows two separate runs – at Silverstone and in Barcelona last Sunday – after which positive reactions were received from both Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. However, Haug insists that no huge leaps will be made at any one time.
“Well, you always hope for it to be the next race but let’s wait and see what this test brings,” Haug told GPUpdate.net when asked to pinpoint a return to the podium this season. “You won’t gain any tenths by making predictions; it is better to work, concentrate, develop the right car and deliver on the race track.
“But we do need to accept that this is a learning process. You guys knows as well as us how strong Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari are and how many resources they have. That should not be an excuse, not at all, but ultimately we will go forward step-by-step - you can’t just leapfrog them.
“Brawn GP (the most recent past guise of the Brackley-based team, in 2009) won the World Championship and we know how to do it. All of our leading guys - Bob Bell, Geoff Willis, Aldo Costa – have all been involved in very successful teams and they are all very motivated to do it again in the future and make this car a winner.”
Following Schumacher’s run, Rosberg will step into the cockpit on Wednesday before the German duo alternate once again across the final two days of the week.