Berger: Ralf sounded out Toro Rosso

Ralf Schumacher sounded out Scuderia Toro Rosso about a drive with the team next year, co-owner Gerhard Berger confirmed on Saturday

Berger: Ralf sounded out Toro Rosso

Schumacher's future in Formula One is uncertain as Toyota stall on making a decision about their second race seat for 2008.

And with no firm news about the German's chances at Toyota, Berger revealed that Schumacher had spoken to team principal Franz Tost about opportunities at the Red Bull outfit.

The discussions did not go very far, however, as Toro Rosso succeeded in their plans to sign Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais.

"Ralf is very good friends with Franz Tost so I would not say he approached (as such), but they talked," said Berger.

"But it was very simple. Ralf obviously was hoping to keep his place in Toyota and obviously on our side we were discussing our priority options, which is what finally we could make happen. But at that stage we were not sure we could make it happen. That is it."

When asked whether he believed that a deal could have been struck with Schumacher if either Bourdais or Vettel had not agreed contracts, Berger said: "Let's say that if Vettel or Bourdais would not come to Toro Rosso and Ralf would not have Toyota, maybe we would go into some deeper discussions.

"But it was not necessary because that happened already."

Schumacher himself told autosport.com earlier this weekend that he may have to wait until after the season is finished to find out his future options.

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