Former Mercedes vice-president Norbert Haug says his former team's reluctance to accept defeat is more of a reaction due to the consequences of emotions - something he has experienced. Max Verstappen became the new world champion in last week's race in Abu Dhabi.
The Dutchman entered the last race weekend equal in points to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. The Briton has shown from the beginning of the weekend that he is extremely strong and it was expected that he would transfer that to the qualifications.
The opposite happened, the Red Bull driver won the pole position and thus had all the prerequisites for the title. But, at the start, Hamilton overtook Verstappen and took the first position. The Dutch driver soon tries to regain his position: he attacks a Briton who cuts a bend, so he stays in the lead.
The Red Bull camp was expected to return the position to their driver. This did not happen because the FIA considered that there were no elements for any investigation into that intersection. Hamilton then soon separated and came to a tangible advantage.
The turning point came when Latifi caused the red flag. Verstappen goes to the pits for soft tires. He expected to return to the position behind Hamilton. The race management did not allow it at one point, but soon withdrew it and allowed the Red Bull driver (5 drivers in total) to return to his position.
After the departure of SC, Verstappen attacks Hamilton and comes to the title in the last round.
Haug on his team
After that, there was a protest by Mercedes, but the FIA soon rejected all their protests because they believe that they have no basis.
Silver Arrows did not want to give up so they announced they would file an appeal (today is the deadline). Former Mercedes vice president Norbert Haug believes his former team should leave that and turn to other things. "You can only say that s*it is happening," Haug told Servus TV.
"I understand that sometimes you go crazy. I don't know what would have happened if it had gone the other way. " "A little later - a fan of motorsports does not want to see it. It’s about having the status to keep quiet.
It was not always easy for me either, "he added. Haug assures that it is clear that this is due to the emotions that arise in such moments because everyone knew it would be difficult when a safety car appeared on the track.
"It's clear it's emotional," he said. "Everyone knew it would be difficult when the safety car came. Whatever you do, it becomes problematic. Then, of course, anger comes to light. "