Gerhard Berger Q&A
When Gerhard Berger was announced as the new head of BMW's motor sport programmes, a few eyebrows were raised. Some cynics thought that he was just looking for an excuse to get out of the house and carry on travelling to all the grands prix, and that he'd never be able to devote enough time to the job. What people underestimated was the financial savvy and inside knowledge of the business which made Gerhard one of the best paid drivers ever, and kept in him employment with leading teams for over a decade. He learned an awful lot about how teams work during his stints at Ferrari, McLaren and Benetton, and his close personal relationship with Bernie Ecclestone and other top FIA officials also help give him a special insight into how the sport operates. It's only two and half years since his last GP, and his vast racing and technical knowledge is still relevant both to his employers and the Williams' two young drivers. He's quickly struck up a good rapport with Jenson Button, who like Gerhard, realises that there's more to life as an F1 star than just debriefs and fitness training. In other words, he's proved to be the perfect man for the job. Adam Cooper spoke to the Austrian about the season to date
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