Mercedes Formula One team mourns the death of Jürgen Hubbert. The German was also called Mister Mercedes. The former board member of Daimler, of which Mercedes is a member, turned 81 years old.
“ Jürgen was a true friend and supporter of the team and played a crucial role in Mercedes‘s motorsport history,” says the team of world champion Lewis Hamilton via Twitter.
“ We mourn a great personality and Jürgen will be remembered for his integrity, innovative spirit and success, and he has shaped Mercedes-Benz forever.”
Daimler himself also reflects on the death of Hubbert. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Jürgen Hubbert, a former board member of Daimler AG. Known as Mr. Mercedes, he’s been an ambassador to our company for almost 40 years. We‘ll miss him.”
Hubbert started 1965 as a mechanical engineer at the car manufacturer, then called Daimler-Benz AG. From 1990 he led the passenger car department. In this capacity, he was responsible for the introduction of, among others, the A-class and M-class.
Above all, Hubbert was co-responsible for Mercedes’s return to motorsport at the end of the 1980s. It eventually led to successes in the DTM, the World Sportscar Championship, with the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1989
Hubbert had a strong voice in the decision to supply the McLaren F1 team in 1995. It eventually led to three world titles, two with Mika Hakkinen (1998 and 1999) and one as a constructor (1998).
Next season, the old success combination will be restored again. After several years with Honda and most recently Renault, McLaren decided to buy Mercedes bikes again.