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Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013

Mercedes move for Wolff, Lauda becomes shareholder

Mercedes has confirmed that Toto Wolff has become a new shareholder and executive director of the team. Mercedes has also confirmed that Niki Lauda, also acquires a stake in the team. A statement released says 'Together with Ross Brawn, Lauda and Wolff will complete the management of the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing team.' "As an entrepreneur, investor and motorsport manager, Toto Wolff has proven that this sport runs in his blood; at the same time, he is also well aware of the economic necessities of […]

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013

Money 'a factor' in Mercedes' failure admits Schumacher

Money was "a factor" in Mercedes' failure to succeed during his three-year comeback, Michael Schumacher insists. The German marque openly admits that it does not spend as much on its Brackley based works team than top teams like Red Bull and Ferrari. Schumacher told Auto Motor und Sport: "It's a factor. "Over the years Red Bull built an infrastructure and has a budget giving them the possibility to respond to anything in the best possible way. "It is nothing more or less than what we […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Haug admits Mercedes defeats led to F1 departure

Norbert Haug has admitted he is stepping down due to Mercedes' lack of success as a works team since 2010. But in an interview with Germany's Bild daily, he denied reports he is being made a scapegoat. "No, I'm not," said Haug, who served as the German marque's motor sport vice president for more than two decades. "If I had nothing to do with our failures in the last three years, then I would have nothing to do with our victory in China this year," […]

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012

Haug to leave Mercedes

Norbert Haug is leaving his role as Mercedes' motor sport chief "by mutal agreement" at the end of this month. A statement issued by the German carmaker said that, after his more than two decades in the role, the 60-year-old's contract is ending. "Preparations for the forthcoming season continue as planned," Thursday's announcement read. The statement did not give a reason for Haug's sudden departure, or who might replace him. But in late September, triple world champion Niki Lauda joined the board of Mercedes' Brackley […]

Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Another point-less race for Mercedes

Mercedes are enduring the worst run of races since their return to the sport in 2010. The Indian Grand Prix marked the team's third successive race without a single point; Nico Rosberg was eleventh while Michael Schumacher retired in order to preserve the car for Abu Dhabi. "Finishing just outside of the points is always tough, and it was a hard afternoon for us out there", said Rosberg. "Starting with new tyres, I hoped to be able to make up a couple of places but […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mercedes designing 'completely new' 2013 car

Mercedes is working on a "completely new car" for the 2013 season, Niki Lauda has revealed. Lauda, the F1 legend and triple world champion, is Mercedes' brand new non-executive chairman -- the main link between the Stuttgart carmaker and the Ross Brawn-led, UK-based team. With this year's W03, Nico Rosberg won in Shanghai and Michael Schumacher lapped the quickest in qualifying at Monaco, but otherwise the silver machine has often been a disappointment. With the regulations staying essentially stable next year, ahead of the radical […]

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Marko: Lauda makes a move to poach Newey

Niki Lauda has already made a move on Adrian Newey. Austrian great Lauda, having negotiated Mercedes' new Concorde Agreement and wooed Lewis Hamilton to the German squad, has also joined the team as non-executive chairman. And according to Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, "Herr Lauda has been looking into how long Adrian Newey still has a contract with us", he is quoted by Bild newspaper. The report said Briton Newey, F1's most respected car designer and aerodynamicist who reportedly makes EUR 8 million a year […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Schumacher had talks with Sauber and Ferrari

Niki Lauda has confirmed that Michael Schumacher turned to Sauber and even Ferrari once he knew he would lose his Mercedes seat. Austrian legend Lauda, who has joined Mercedes as non-executive chairman, insists seven time world champion Schumacher lost his seat only because his decision-making period about the future beyond 2012 was so prolonged. He says Mercedes had to look around for alternatives, and closed a deal with Lewis Hamilton. "We have seen how fast-moving and ruthless Formula One is, with Mercedes responding extremely quickly […]

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012

Schumacher told Mercedes of F1 exit five minutes before call

Michael Schumacher surprised even Mercedes when he announced his decision to return to retirement. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said that even though bosses Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug flanked the seven time world champion as he announced the news, they had only been told what was going to happen just five minutes earlier. "We had been preparing for a different kind of press conference," Haug revealed. "Michael, Ross and I were going to answer the questions that had arisen after the transfer (announcement) of […]

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012

Japanese Grand Prix: Friday round-up

At a track that features such tricky corners as the Esses, Degner and 130R, it was Spoon curve that caught out a number of drivers on Friday. Paul di Resta crashed only six minutes into the second practice session when he dipped a wheel onto the grass on entry to the corner, spearing into the barrier and damaging his Force India. Later on in the session, Michael Schumacher's final Japanese Grand Prix Friday ended in almost identical fashion. Both drivers were physically uninjured, if a […]

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012

Perez was Mercedes' 'plan B' after Hamilton

Sergio Perez was another candidate to oust Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, a German magazine claimed on Monday. Auto Motor und Sport said it means the great seven time world champion was therefore only the third choice to line up alongside Nico Rosberg in 2013, after Lewis Hamilton and Mexican Perez. Ultimately, Mercedes secured its number one choice Hamilton, leaving McLaren to sign Mexican Perez to succeed him -- and Schumacher out in the cold. Prior to signing Hamilton, "the Silver Arrows bosses had stretched out […]

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012

Rosberg says contract ensures equal status with Hamilton

Nico Rosberg insists he is not worried about playing second fiddle to Lewis Hamilton. The pair, who have known each other and even raced as teammates since their boyhood karting days, will each be driving one of Mercedes' F1 cars in 2013. German Rosberg has managed to dominate Michael Schumacher since the seven time world champion's 2010 comeback, but the 27-year-old might be forgiven for feeling more nervous about the similarly-aged Hamilton's arrival. But when asked if he is worried he will be Hamilton's 'number […]