Gerhard Berger insists he is too content in his retirement to consider options to return full-time to premier motor racing
After hanging up his helmet in 1997, the ten-time grand prix winner served as BMW’s joint motor sport director before buying half of the Toro Rosso team. With those adventures over, the 52-year-old recently denied reports he is set to buy the GP2 team Super Nova or replace Eric Boullier as Lotus’ F1 team principal.
His latest role is as the president of the FIA’s single seater commission, triggering rumours Austrian Berger might have designs to succeed Jean Todt.
“It’s very simple,” the former McLaren and Ferrari driver told broadcaster ORF.
“I would say that one half (of the rumours) is speculation, the other half are requests, but I decided to retire because I enjoy having the free time.
“Of course I am still interested and of course I am here and there, but I am finished with getting on the plane or on the road all the time and living formula one 24 hours a day.
“I never rule anything out but I think it (returning) would be a very difficult decision for me,” said Berger.
He said he decided to head the FIA single-seater panel because his former Ferrari boss Todt asked him specifically.
“So I said ‘Ok, I’ll help you out and pass on my experience’.”
As for replacing Todt as the Paris federation’s president, Berger insisted: “That’s not for me.”
Vettel now better than Alonso, Hamilton – Berger
Sebastian Vettel proved in 2011 that he is the best driver in formula one.
That is the claim of former Toro Rosso team co-owner Gerhard Berger, who in 2008 stood on the podium to collect the constructors’ trophy after Vettel won the first of his now 21 race victories.
“The boy is just great and he’s also with the best team,” said the Austrian, referring to Toro Rosso’s parent team Red Bull Racing.
“In the meantime he has become the best racing driver in formula one,” Berger told the Austrian broadcaster ORF.
“Last year I would have put him together on a level with Alonso and Hamilton, but after this season I have to say — he’s the best.”
Vettel, 24, won the 2011 championship in dominant style after his breakthrough title last year, and Berger tipped the German for more success.
“Together with Red Bull, he will be the front runner again next year,” he said.