Formula 1 - Berger denies he could replace Haug

Gerhard Berger dismissed speculation that he could replace Norbert Haug as the head of Mercedes-Benz's motorsport activities.

Haug announced last week that he is leaving the position he has held for 22 years after feeling responsible for the failure of the Mercedes Formula 1 team to achieve more success.

With no decision yet taken about a potential replacement, there have been rumours that Berger could get involved.

The Austrian, who in recent years held senior positions in F1 as joint motorsport boss at BMW and then co-owner of Toro Rosso, is currently the head of the FIA's single-seater commission.

Speaking to AUTOSPORT about his future plans, Berger insisted that any talk that he was in the frame for a role at Mercedes was wide of the mark.

"Absolutely not," he said. "There have been no discussions at all."

Haug will step down from his role at the end of this year. Earlier this week Haug said that he was not aware of any future plans and would not be involved in those discussions.

"I do not know about that," he said. "It is not my position to judge that, and this will be done by the board."

It is possible that Mercedes may choose to split Haug's current role up, with separate individuals in charge of the German car manufacturer's F1 and DTM activities.

Former CART boss Andrew Craig has also dismissed speculation linking him to a Mercedes role.