In the days that passed between the certainty of team principal Mattia Binotto’s departure to Ferrari and the official announcement of his replacement, Frederic Vassuer, there were a lot of names reported by the Italian and International media regarding the possible candidates, despite the fact that the French manager seemed clearly in pole position from the very first reports.
Among the names that emerged and were considered by various journalists to be ideal for a managerial role at the Prancing Horse, there was undoubtedly that of Gerhard Berger, who spent two periods of his life as a driver in Maranello between 1987 and 1989, and between 1993 and 1995. The Austrian, speaking with Pino Allievi for the FormulaPassion Italian website, confirmed that he had spoken with some teams, recounting however that he had the firm intention of dedicating himself to his private work, to his family and to leisure away from the racing tracks. From this point of view, therefore, selling the management of the DTM to the German ADAC did not surprise him.
Gerhard Berger was recently interviewed by the Germans from the Auto, Motor und Sport magazine and was then asked to provide more details on this matter: “What would you have said to Ferrari if they had asked you to be the successor of Mattia Binotto at the top of the Formula 1 Racing Division? Would you have accepted?” The Austrian explained that “no, I would not have accepted. As I have already explained, I am prioritizing my life plan. I am 63 years old and I realize that I am no longer as charged and motivated as I was a few years ago“. The 63-year-old Austrian manager then added that although he has a great deal of knowledge and insight into the world of racing, he no longer has the ambition to travel all the time. About a month ago, however, the possibility of a role of consultant similar for Audi, similar to that of Niki Lauda in Mercedes was reported, a hypothesis which at the moment which has not taken shape at the moment.
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