Scuderia Toro Rosso team boss Gerhard Berger has revealed Ralf Schumacher contacted him about a possible switch in 2008, giving the first genuine indication that the German could be planning his exit from Toyota.

Schumacher was one of several drivers linked with a drive at Toro Rosso next year, reportedly clutching money from deals in the Middle East, but it was confirmed earlier this month at Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Vettel will make up the driver line-up instead.

Schumacher has a good relationship with Berger and Franz Tost having worked together at Williams BMW for five years, but the former grand prix winner insists they never got as far as the negotiation table.

"Yes, Ralf came to us," Berger told Reuters. "We spoke with him. But in the discussion it was very clear that his priority is Toyota and our priority was the line-up that we have now," Austrian Berger told a news conference at the Turkish Grand Prix.

"If something had gone wrong in our priorities, there was room to discuss further. That's all that happened. We had no closer discussions."

Schumacher is currently 14th in the driver standings with just five points and will start the Turksh Grand Prix from 18th position after missing the cut for the second phase of qualifying.

 

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