Norbert Haug Stunned by Lewis Hamilton’s Shock Move to Ferrari

Norbert Haug, the former Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, expressed his astonishment at Lewis Hamilton’s forthcoming move to Ferrari.

Hamilton, set to leave Mercedes after the next season, will join forces with Charles Leclerc at the prestigious Italian team, a move that caught many, including Haug, off guard.

Haug, who played a pivotal role in reintroducing Mercedes to Formula 1 as an engine supplier in 1994, never anticipated such a shift. Under his watch, Mercedes transitioned into a full-fledged works team in 2010 and achieved World Championship status in the turbo-hybrid era just four years later.

Speaking to Motorsport-Magazin, Haug reflected on the unexpected nature of Hamilton’s decision, saying, “If there was ever a partnership in Formula 1 I believed would last forever, it was Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

“The news completely took me by surprise. I was certain he would remain with Mercedes, possibly even continuing as a brand ambassador.”

Hamilton’s tenure at Mercedes has been historic, securing 82 Grand Prix victories and six World Championships. His arrival at Mercedes occurred shortly after Haug ended his tenure with the team.

Haug views Hamilton’s departure as a significant loss for Mercedes, emphasizing not only Hamilton’s exceptional contributions on the track but also his profound impact off it.

Praising Hamilton’s unique influence on the sport, Haug said, “He’s the ideal figure in my eyes. Consider the legacy he’s leaving in Formula 1.

“Hamilton is not just a racing icon; he’s the sport’s singular superstar, known for his strong stances, his off-track endeavors, and his advocacy for equality across gender and race. His actions off the track are as commendable as his achievements on it.”