Norbert Haug had a wealthy historical past with Mercedes overseeing a profitable return to Formulation 1 with McLaren earlier than serving to the German behemoths launch their works group in 2010. Serving because the model’s vice chairman for motorsport, Haug oversaw the 1998 and 1999 successes of Mika Hakkinen earlier than serving to Lewis Hamilton declare the primary of his seven world titles and at last seeing Jenson Button declare his sole title with Brawn GP, the group that might ultimately develop into Mercedes.
The German was additionally a passive observer of the craze generated by Michael Schumacher‘s success in Germany, although there could be a steep decline within the curiosity in Formulation 1 following the German’s retirement regardless of the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg claiming 5 world championships between them throughout the 2010s.
Haug, who began his motorsport profession as a journalist, has blasted the state of affairs in Germany, stating that these heading the ADAC (the German federation for motorsport) must be held accountable.
“In Germany, Formulation 1 has became a tragedy that each motorsport fanatic can solely be ashamed of,” Haug advised Germany’s RND.
“Between 1994 and 2016, there have been German world champions like an meeting line, seven titles from Michael Schumacher, 4 in a row from Sebastian Vettel, and at last the final one up to now from Nico Rosberg in 2016.
“Mercedes, with its associate groups McLaren and Brawn GP with Mika Hakkinen, Lewis Hamilton, and Jenson Button, received 4 Drivers’ World Championships between 1998 and 2009, the Mercedes manufacturing unit group was Constructors’ World Champion eight occasions in a row from 2014 to 2021, profitable six World titles with Hamilton and one with Rosberg.
“For a dozen years, within the late Nineties and 2000s, there have been two Formulation 1 races a yr in Germany, in entrance of full ranks and over 100,000 spectators. On RTL, 12 million folks watched, as a substitute of three million in the present day.
“In 2010, there have been nonetheless seven German Formulation 1 drivers in a single season, At the moment, Nico Hulkenberg nonetheless has one in what’s, at finest, a second-rate group, and Mick Schumacher is a promising substitute driver – however at the least in the proper group. There hasn’t been a German Grand Prix for a very long time.”
Mercedes is Germany’s solely success story
Regardless of his stinging criticism, Haug was nonetheless filled with reward for the Mercedes group, although his praise was a backhanded one with one other dig aimed on the German federation.
“A zealous inexperienced auto objector couldn’t have developed a much less bold and fewer profitable German Formulation 1 technique,” Haug continued.
“This particularly excludes the Mercedes works group, which – accurately – operates out of England and has two nice English drivers.”
Haug blames “automotive haters”
The previous Mercedes government additionally insisted that the powers that be ought to come collectively to type a plan for the longer term and never be swayed by the whims of these he dubs “automotive haters.”
“Mercedes, the ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Membership), the AvD (Automobilclub von Deutschland), German sponsors, and all so-called stakeholders ought to spit of their palms, work with younger folks and work collectively to make sure that the automotive nation Germany doesn’t lastly fall prey to automotive haters who disregard the truth that the nation’s prosperity was largely generated due to the auto and its export successes and that it continues to be generated regardless of all of the makes an attempt by those that reject cars to torpedo it,” Haug concluded.