Haug issues jibe after cancelled Renault ban

Norbert Haug said he is happy Renault will race this weekend, but pointed a glancing jibe at the FIA's International Court of Appeal. With the so-called spy and lie-gate affairs still fresh in his memory, the Mercedes boss noted the Court's ...

Norbert Haug said he is happy Renault will race this weekend, but pointed a glancing jibe at the FIA's International Court of Appeal.

With the so-called spy and lie-gate affairs still fresh in his memory, the Mercedes boss noted the Court's decision this week to overturn the ban on Fernando Alonso's team for the European Grand Prix at Valencia.

"It's good to see that a harsh punishment is sometimes reversed. I would like to know what that's like," he said jovially during a teleconference with German media.

The German agrees that the stewards of the Hungarian Grand Prix "overreacted" after Alonso's wheel fell off following a pitstop.

"The penalty was too severe," Haug added. "One week after Henry Surtees' fatal accident, and then Felipe Massa (being injured) on Saturday, it can happen that on Sunday you say: 'We must have a draconian penalty'.

"But it is good that you can then think about it again with the appeal," he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Norbert Haug , Felipe Massa
Teams Mercedes