Every racing fan will be served in 2021 with an unprecedentedly exciting title battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Norbert Haug also enjoys the titanic battle to the fullest and he calls the battle historic.
Haug, long-time vice director of the motorsport branch of Mercedes-Benz, finds the battle for the world title this year incredibly exciting and it reminds him of the time when Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen made each other’s lives miserable. “The Verstappen duel against Hamilton leaves nothing to be desired. Even if you especially have a lot of memories of those good, old days in Formula 1. I think it has never been better, more extreme and more difficult than this year,” he says firmly opposite Sky Deutschland.
Intelligence of Verstappen
The 68-year-old German can enjoy both drivers immensely. “Hamilton is a very mature and elegant driver. He makes very few mistakes,” he says. He is also a big fan of the Dutchman. “I am extremely impressed with Verstappen. He is much younger than Hamilton and shows a lot,” the former Mercedes director exults. “Verstappen has made a huge step. He has become much more intelligent. He still takes risks, but not like he used to.”
Don’t make mistakes under pressure
According to Haug, it is a matter of self-control and not making mistakes towards the coveted world title. “I think there will be a lot of pressure. Even the coolest drivers get nervous in these kinds of situations. Under pressure you can make a mistake here and there, just look at Hamilton under pressure from Verstappen. You can see in the interviews how concerned Toto Wolff is, also looking at the very likely engine swap,” he concludes.