News Norbert Haug reveals: Vettel was a McLaren-Mercedes candidate
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Some Japanese officials wanted the two automakers to merge, but both companies swiftly rejected the idea, according to a report.Sources speaking to the publication who are familiar with the frankly wild discussions said Japanese government officials brought the idea to Nissan and Honda in an effort to address two problems with the country's domestic automakers. Nissan had long been in trouble, and according to the sources, officials were frightened the Renault-Nissan Alliance could dissolve altogether. As for Honda, officials reportedly remain wary of Japan's third-largest automaker as rivals merge and consolidate.
And it was a good way, after all, Vettel was world champion four times in a row from 2010 to 2013. What many did not know before: that he could also have become a team-mate of Lewis Hamilton at McLaren-Mercedes - instead of Heikki Kovalainen, who drove for the British-German team in 2008 and 2009. "I negotiated with Sebastian when he was at Toro Rosso," reveals the then Mercedes sports director Norbert Haug in an interview with 'F1-Insider.com'. "Who knows how Formula 1 history would have developed if we had come to an agreement back then?"
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Haug is no longer active in Formula 1 today, but continues to watch the premier class with great interest. And thus of course also Vettel's fate at Ferrari. He analyzes: "Just as Mercedes managed to create first-class conditions for victories and world titles for Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari failed to do this for Sebastian Vettel." The last Ferrari title (Kimi Räikkönen in 2007) came about under fortunate circumstances: "If we hadn't been stupid enough back then not to pit Lewis in time at the Chinese Grand Prix, he would certainly not be in the pit entrance Landed in the gravel and would have taken the only point that was missing for the world title in the end even in the gentle cycle. " "Before 2007 there were five Michael Schumacher Ferrari titles in a row from 2000 to 2004, and before that for 21 years - since 1979 and Jody Scheckter - nothing. It is not presumptuous to say that Ferrari was outside the Schumacher era and after the Niki Lauda era in the 1970s, it didn't tear that much, "says Haug.
McLaren presents platform for hybrid sports cars - new carbon fiber chassis .
ultra-light despite electrification: With a state-of-the-art carbon fiber architecture, McLaren wants to keep the weight of its sports cars low despite hybridization. © McLaren Automotive By 2025, McLaren wants to electrify all of its Sport and Super Series models. The new strategy should start in 2021. With the successor to the current Sports Series, which we have already caught as Erlkönig ( read more about this here ).