Mercedes Motorsport Director Norbert Haug was happy to be back at the Donington Park circuit over the weekend and was aiming to please the fans. Mercedes have a good track record at the English circuit and continued over the weekend with Vodaphone...
Mercedes Motorsport Director Norbert Haug was happy to be back at the Donington Park circuit over the weekend and was aiming to please the fans. Mercedes have a good track record at the English circuit and continued over the weekend with Vodaphone AMG Mercedes driver Jean Alesi taking victory in the third round of the championship.
"We certainly love this race track," said Haug at the Mercedes press conference at the circuit. "We love the discipline of the fans. They like the pit walk, the open-ness, the fact that the drivers are approachable. We come over and want to entertain them, give them a good show and hopefully a very good race -- and hopefully we can win."
Win they did, Alesi taking the chequered flag after dominating the race. There had previously been slight controversy over winglets that Mercedes ran in Zolder: Audi ran a new type of winglet in Hockenheim which they had permission for but they alleged Mercedes ran they same type of wings in Zolder without the correct authority. Haug denies any conflict.
"It's a compromise," he commented. "We have permission to use our winglets and we will do so if we think it's appropriate."
When questions were invited from the fans one wag inquired if Alesi had demanded team orders. Haug laughed and called the driver back to the stage to have him answer: "That is a good question!" Alesi exclaimed. "We have the boss here." Haug declined to comment save for a wry: "I'm sure!"
On the same theme, a Ferrari capped fan questioned what the Mercedes boss thought of Ferrari's controversial team orders at the F1 Austrian Grand Prix. "I think you have a very nice cap!" Haug replied.