For Gerhard Berger Jerez marked his final Grand Prix. Berger is set to retire
from Formula One leaving Damon Hill as the oldest driver in the field.
Gerhard's final race saw him almost take a podium position, coming in 4th, a mere 0.116 of a second
behind 3rd place Villeneuve.
Gerhard has competed in over two hundred Grands Prix and has taken ten wins since his first race at
the Osterreichring in 1984. His first and last wins both came behind the wheel of a Benetton though
his Ferrari has seen him drive for a number of teams including Ferrari and McLaren where he
partnered Ayrton Senna building a close relationship with the Brazilian. Berger has been well known
for his sense of humour and practical jokes, many of which have gone down in F1 folklore. Briefcases
flung from helicopters, filling Senna's room with frogs and replacing passport photos with pictures of
naked backsides have all been a part of Berger's contribution to Formula One.
It seems unlikely that Gerhard will walk away from Formula One for good. Some rumours have
suggested that he might take on a role as number two driver at Ferrari, not to race, but to maintain
pressure on the regular number 2, Irvine, to make sure he performs. Other rumours see him taking
on a managerial role at Sauber or possibly moving into driver management.

 

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