Norbert Haug, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Resigns image

Mercedes announced today, December 13th that Norbert Haug, the automaker’s motorsport head, will leave the company.

“His contract will come to an end by mutual agreement with the Board of Management. Preparations for the forthcoming season continue as planned,” said Mercedes.

Haug, 60, has been the automaker’s motorsport division head since October 1990 and played an important part in the company, especially for taking Lewis Hamilton from McLaren. Hamilton, who will be partnered by German Nico Rosberg, has been offered a larger salary than the one from McLaren, and also more possibilities to earn money from personal sponsorships and endorsements.

“He put his stamp on a whole era and, as a highlight, he was responsible for the successful comeback of the Silver Arrows to Formula One,” said Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche.

At the end of 2009 Mercedes bough the championship winning Brawn GP outfit and renamed it as their works team, with which the automaker had only one win with Nico Rosberg in China this season. Besides F1, Haug also played an important part in projects such as DTM, GT, Group C, Champ Car and Formula Three, where Mercedes won 439 of the 986 races.