Schumacher: Haug departure tears a hole in F1
14 December 2012 – Retiring seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher commented on Norbert Haug’s departure from Mercedes, which was announced on Thursday and was caused by the dearth of good results for the team in the last three years, by saying it marks “a big break” in the sport.
Haug will leave Mercedes after 22 years as the company’s head of motorsport, having failed to translate the success achieved as an engine supplier to McLaren into a consistent title challenge as a team. The only victory for Mercedes in the last three years came in the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix, courtesy of Nico Rosberg.
Schumacher, who similarly ended his career at the season finale in Brazil, highlighted the epochal significance of Haug’s departure.
“Since I entered professional motorsport, Mercedes and Norbert Haug together were part of it, so this will mark a big break,” said the 43-year-old on his official website. “We spent a lot of years together, being sporting combatants or allies, and Norbert has always been into this with full enthusiasm and wholeheartedly.”
“He was living motorsport, and him leaving will tear a massive hole in both our sport and our team.”