Lewis Hamilton’s stunning decision to resign from Mercedes and join Ferrari next year has left one former senior official of the German company in astonishment
Lewis Hamilton’s decision to join Ferrari has “blown me away,” according to Norbert Haug, the former vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
After the 2019 season, Hamilton will part ways with Mercedes after a lengthy tenure, joining Charles Leclerc at the renowned Italian team.
Many, including Haug, who restored Mercedes to Formula One competition in 1994 as an engine supplier, were caught off guard by the revelation.
In 2010, Mercedes became a works team, just four years before the team won World Championships during the turbo-hybrid era.
Haug told Motorsport-Magazin, “If I had to wager on one thing, on a combination in Formula 1 that would last for all eternity, it would have been Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.”
I was astounded beyond belief. I would have taken an oath promising that everything would remain as it is and that he would continue to work with the star as a brand ambassador or something similar in the future.
Hamilton is a “perfect” worker
With Mercedes, Hamilton has had unmatched success, winning six World Championships and 82 Grands Prix.
Hamilton joined the team soon after Haug left his position as captain.
Haug feels Mercedes is losing more than just a legendary player with Hamilton’s decision.
“He’s ideal for me,” he declared. What kind of impact has he had in Formula 1? Why is it said that there is only one superstar in Formula 1?
“Max Verstappen is the fastest, without a doubt; he’s getting better.”
“But all of Lewis’s remarks, his public persona, his extracurricular pursuits, and his advocacy for fair treatment for people of all races and genders.” That is just amazing.