Haug muted over Mercedes Concorde talks
15 May 2012 – Norbert Haug remains unable to comment on the situation involving Mercedes-Benz and the new Formula 1 Concorde Agreement. At present, the German car manufacturer is unhappy with some terms of the latest document, which binds all F1 teams with governing body the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone's FOM
With a new agreement set to be signed ahead of the 2013 season and rumours continuing to circulate that Mercedes could withdraw from the sport as a works manufacturer, Haug was quizzed over the issue after the Spanish Grand Prix.
“I fully understand and I appreciate you asking that question, you need to ask that question,” Mercedes’ Vice President for Motorsport told the BBC’s F1 Forum. “I apologise and would like to ask for the understanding of all spectators, but we are not commenting on it for as long as we are discussing.
“I think we are normally open in the way we present ourselves to the public and the media, but the truth is that we cannot speak about it currently. But certainly there are discussions in place and I think we should leave it like that for the moment.”
In his role, it is Haug’s responsibility to look after Mercedes’ motorsport projects – notably F1 and the DTM – but a final decision will come from the company’s executive board of directors who are based in Stuttgart.