For Norbert Haug, Mercedes remains the favorite despite test problems
It is “in fact that Mercedes did not do a test run as desired,” says Haug in the eleventh episode of the Formula 1 countdown on Sky. “But as the saying goes: a failed dress rehearsal, the better the premiere will be! […] It can be that they stumble at times. But the probability is rather small, I would say. “
According to Toto Wolff’s statement that Mercedes was probably driving the heaviest car of all teams in Bahrain, Haug is convinced that “sandbagging” on the part of the series world champions was at least involved in the best times (i.e. more gasoline in the tank) – even if Red Bull “can be assessed very strongly” is: “It looks like Red Bull has made a good step.”
But Haug grins when he says: “It is always a very good move to assign the role of favorite to the competitor. The good strategy is: ‘The other is the favorite – and I win!’ If that works, it’s wonderful. Nobody wants to be favorites, interestingly enough. And of course they all want to be winners. “
Fiercest competitor of Mercedes? That’s what Haug thinks
Ex-Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug talks to Sky about the fiercest competitor of world championship team Mercedes (video length: 59 seconds).
The 68-year-old, Toto Wolff’s predecessor as Mercedes sports director until the end of 2012, also trusts “the old McLaren-Mercedes combination” to be a “serious” opponent: “I see an upward trend there.” And AlphaTauri could, in his opinion, “be good for surprises”, because: “The Hondas have learned something new. They have a very good, very powerful engine.”