Merc GP structure not a recipe for tension - Haug

Norbert Haug has played down fears that Mercedes GP's new management structure is top heavy. The German marque has retained Brawn's bosses Ross Brawn and chief executive Nick Fry, while competition director Norbert Haug switches from the McLaren...

Norbert Haug has played down fears that Mercedes GP's new management structure is top heavy.

The German marque has retained Brawn's bosses Ross Brawn and chief executive Nick Fry, while competition director Norbert Haug switches from the McLaren garage.

Haug insists the new structure will not lead to tension.

"On the contrary," he told Germany's Bild am Sonntag. "Ross is the team boss, I am the sporting boss responsible for all of Mercedes-Benz's motor racing activities. We will complement each other."

Britain's Independent newspaper claims that, amid the takeover negotiations, Mercedes demanded that Brawn's management structure remain in place.

"It was part of the attraction for Mercedes that the management team remains," Brawn modestly confirmed.

"Obviously we will become subject to their budget discussions, but the racing decisions will continue to be made by us. As with everything in life, if we do a good job that will stay the same, and if we do a bad job things will change," he added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ross Brawn , Norbert Haug , Nick Fry
Teams Mercedes , McLaren