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Lewis Hamilton set for Mercedes life without Norbert Haug as Mercedes chief quits

By Simon Cass PUBLISHED: 10:31 EST, 13 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:53 EST, 13 December 2012 Lewis Hamilton will be without the friendly face of close ally Norbert Haug to welcome him to Mercedes after it was announced the 60-year-old is to leave his role as head of motorsport for the German car giant. Haug has held the role for 22 years but will leave ‘by mutual consent’ at the end of the month. His departure comes two months after the appointment of three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda as non-executive director, his principle role being to liaise between the Mercedes’ board and their Brackley-based Formula One operation. Exit: Norbert Haug will leave Mercedes at the end of the month Lauda was instrumental in persuading Hamilton to turn his back on McLaren to accept the challenge of turning Mercedes into Formula One frontrunners. But Hamilton has a long-standing relationship with Haug and his departure is likely to make his transition from McLaren to Mercedes that little bit more taxing. Haug was part of the McLaren set-up when Hamilton entered Formula One in 2007 and when he went on to take the drivers’ title the following year. But despite Mercedes managing only one win since return to grand prix racing three years’ ago, Haug is adamant Hamilton can look forward to a bright future with his new team. He said: ‘Since 1991, we had tremendous achievements and wins, for which I want to thank all of my colleagues. Unfortunately, with one victory in 2012 since founding our own Formula 1 works team in 2010, we couldn’t fulfil our own expectations. However, we have taken the right steps to be successful in the future. Our team and our drivers will do everything to achieve these goals.’ This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz – Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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