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Norbert Haug’s decision to step down from his post as head of Mercedes Motorsport will leave a big void in not only the German manufacturer but also in Formula 1, according to Michael Schumacher.
After 22 years in the post, Haug will be ending his career this month "by mutual agreement", in a decision announced last week.
"Since I entered professional motorsport, Mercedes and Norbert Haug together were part of it, so this step will mark a big break," Schumacher was quoted saying by Reuters. "He was living motorsports, and him leaving will tear a massive hole in both our sport and our team."
Haug’s departure was due to Mercedes’ lack of results in the last three years with the German standing up to “accept overall responsibility”, after the team registered just a solitary victory despite employing the services of a seven-time world champion in Schumacher.
"Of course we have had our successes in the past three years but not consistently enough so a direction had to be set and a marker laid down," Haug was quoted by news agency SID.
He also clarified that Niki Lauda, who was appointed as non-executive chairman of Mercedes in September, had no hand in his exit.