Norbert Haug: “If anyone is more than capable, it’s Lewis”

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Former Mercedes Motorsport boss Norbert Haug says he understands Toto Wolff’s emotions during the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, and praises Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has been very vocal about his displeasure with the decisions made by the FIA over the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, even stating that from his side “diplomacy has ended”.

Former Mercedes Motorsport boss Norbert Haug explains it is sometimes necessary for a team boss to show you can’t mess with him and his team.

“To be successful in a top sport, being well informed, reliable and factual are the most important qualities,” Haug told Sky Spots Germany.

“But that doesn’t mean that in a race weekend like Brazil, with countless dubious decisions against your team, you shouldn’t even show your emotion.

“First and foremost, a team boss must show that you can’t mess with his team.”

Asked if Wolff should have reacted in such an explosive manner, Haug explained that it is not useful if it happens often.

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“It certainly doesn’t win you any points. But you gain credibility inside and outside the team, provided your arguments are credible and solid.

“If you only complain and always know better, then nobody will take you seriously.”

Despite all of the obstacles thrown at them, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes managed to win the race in spectacular fashion. Some are saying that Hamilton’s performance was due to a new Internal Combustion Engine that was put in his car ahead of the weekend. Haug disagrees.

“The engine doesn’t drive on its own. Only the combination of team, car and driver makes it successful.

“I would never underestimate Lewis Hamilton’s role in all this. If anyone is more than capable, it’s Lewis,” concluded the German.

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