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Gerhard Berger

Knowledge Identifier: +Gerhard_Berger


Gerhard Berger

Austrian former Formula One racing driver, who previously owned 50 add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1959.

Countries: (16%), Austria (14%), Switzerland (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Michael Schumacher, Jean Alesi

Linked to: Scuderia Ferrari, Arrows Grand Prix International, Formula One, McLaren




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Gerhard Berger was born in 1959 add something


The departure of Alesi and Berger from Ferrari to Benetton spelt the end of the number 27 and 28 era for Ferrari that stretched back to 1981 with Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi only interrupted by the signing of 1989 world champion Alain Prost for the 1990 season add something


Berger was fortunate to be alive after a serious road accident shortly after entering Formula One. A week after the 1984 season ended, he was driving home in his $BMW_323i (BMW_3_Series_(E30)) through the hills above Salzburg when his car was rammed from behind, resulting in it cartwheeling off a cliff add something


He won the 1985 Spa 24 Hours partnering Italian touring car ace Roberto Ravaglia and fellow Formula One driver, Marc Surer of Switzerland add something


Japanese Grand Prix - Austrian Gerhard Berger won the race for Ferrari, their first victory since 1985


Roberto Ravaglia - He won his first 24 hours in 1985 driving a BMW 635CSi partnered by Formula One drivers Gerhard Berger and Marc Surer


Berger spent his final two years in the sport at the team he drove for in 1986 while sporting a revised helmet design, with the Austrian flag being rotated horizontally add something


Berger's helmet originally was blue with yellow lines and azure and white details near the visor In 1986, during his first spell at Benetton he used a different design that complimented the livery of the Benetton BMW. in 1987 his helmet is dark grey-blue featuring the Austrian flag on either side add something


Rory Byrne - With more money, more resources and the most powerful engine available in the form of the inline-four turbocharged &BMW (BMW_M12), it took only until October 1986 for Gerhard Berger to secure the first win for himself, for the team and for a Byrne-designed car at the Mexican Grand Prix


After mechanical failures robbed him of the chance to perform, Berger came on strongly in the latter half of 1987, winning the final two rounds of the season add something


For the 1987 season, Berger signed for Ferrari, partnering the Italian Michele Alboreto and replacing Stefan Johansson add something


San Marino Grand Prix - Minor injuries were the usually the worst a driver received in even big accidents, such as Nelson Piquet's accident in 1987 and Gerhard Berger's in 1989


Berger out-qualified Alboreto in all 16 events for the 1988 Formula One calendar and in the eight races where they were both classified as finishers, finished behind Alboreto only once in France, spelling the end for the Italian after five seasons with the Maranello outfit add something


Berger was the only non-McLaren to take pole in 1988 when he sat on pole for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone add something


These races were in fact his only points scored for the year but was still enough to give him 7th in the championship after being 3rd in 1988 add something


Berger attributed this to Ferrari's unique semi-automatic paddle shift gearbox, saying that his return would have been delayed if Ferrari still used the traditional gear stick transmission used in all the other F1 cars in 1989 add something


For 1989, Berger was joined at Ferrari by Nigel Mansell add something


Jonathan Palmer - However at the end of 1989 Palmer signed for the McLaren team as their test driver, alongside Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger


Ayrton Senna - This was despite calls for action in 1989, after a serious high-speed crash that saw Senna's friend, Gerhard Berger, suffering burns to his hand


From 1990 to 1992 Berger joined Ayrton Senna at McLaren add something


Over all, 1990 was a disappointing season for Berger who failed to win a race for his new team, while team mate Senna won the driver's championship for the second time add something


Perhaps Berger's best drive of 1990 was at the wet and damp 1990 Canadian Grand Prix where he finished first, around 45 seconds ahead of the eventual winner Senna, but was penalized by one minute for creeping at the start before the green lights add something


Alain Prost - The Frenchman replaced Gerhard Berger at Ferrari and was partnered with Britain's Nigel Mansell for 1990


He took three wins in these three seasons, gifted the 1991 Japanese Grand Prix by Senna; as well as victories in Canada and Australia in 1992 add something


Niki Lauda persuaded Ferrari to bring Berger back to the Italian team in 1993 as Lauda felt Berger brought valuable experience with him from his partnership with Senna add something


It was widely reported that Berger earned more than any other driver for the 1993 season add something


Jean Alesi - Alesi was partnered by Ivan Capelli the following year, before being joined by Austrian Gerhard Berger in 1993 who was returning to Maranello after three seasons with McLaren


Scuderia Ferrari - Popular driver Gerhard Berger returned to Ferrari in 1993 to help it out of the doldrums


Berger scored two pole positions in 1994, the first at Hockenheim and at Estoril for the 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix where he retired from while leading add something


In 1994, Berger recovered from the deaths of close friend Senna and countryman Roland Ratzenberger at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, to score an emotional win at Hockenheim for the 1994 German Grand Prix in the Ferrari 412T, the first win for Ferrari since the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix add something


The strong connection between Senna and Berger has extended beyond the Brazilian's death in 1994 add something


Roland Ratzenberger - On 1 May 1994, during the customary drivers' briefing, the remaining drivers agreed to the reformation of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, with Senna, Gerhard Berger and Michael Schumacher as its first directors


A final season with the team in 1995 saw Berger score a number of podiums and was in a race winning position at the 1995 San Marino Grand Prix having qualified second before stalling in the pits but the fastest lap was a mere consolation add something


For the 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix Berger sported a helmet featuring flags of multiple nations add something


V12 engine - The last V12 engine used in Formula One was the & Ferrari 044, on the Ferrari 412T2 cars driven by Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger in 1995


Berger's main problem for the early part of 1996 was his driving position that prevented a smooth airflow into the airbox add something


In 1996 Berger modified his original design with the Austrian flag rotated horizontally add something


With the arrival of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari in 1996, Berger moved back to Benetton, although the team lost the competitiveness of the previous years add something


Jos Verstappen - Briatore decided against taking up his option for Verstappen in 1996, signing Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger to drive instead


Jean Alesi - When Benetton's Michael Schumacher joined Ferrari in 1996, Alesi and teammate Gerhard Berger swapped places with him


The Benetton B197 had a lacklustre opening to the 1997 season at Melbourne but the team and Berger bounced back at the 1997 Brazilian Grand Prix, with Berger finishing second having overtaken Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher add something


Alexander Wurz - Wurz's Formula One debut was on June 15, 1997 at Montreal for Benetton filling in for fellow Austrian Gerhard Berger, who couldn't race due to illness


Rumours of a Ferrari return for 1998 were false add something


Sauber offered Berger a drive for 1998, but the Austrian turned down the offer for a number of reasons, not least because of the new regulations for grooved tyres which the Austrian did not find inspiring add something


Steve Soper - By 2000, Soper fell out of favour with Gerhard Berger, who was in charge of BMW's motorsport operations and retired from racing as he was solely interested in racing BMWs and acquired a BMW dealership in Lincoln


A hugely popular figure in Formula One, Berger was up until 2003 regularly seen in the pitlane in his new capacity as Competitions Director at BMW, overseeing their successful return to Formula One in 2000 add something


Berger was the first to drive a F1 car on the new Shanghai Grand Prix circuit when he demonstrated a 2003 Ferrari F2003-GA add something


On 25 April 2004; 10 years after Senna's death, Berger drove the JPS Lotus Renault 97T which Ayrton used in the 1985 championship for 3 laps, at Imola before the start of the 2004 San Marino Grand Prix add something


Dietrich Mateschitz - In September 2005, Mateschitz joined forces with his close friend and former F1 driver Gerhard Berger, and purchased the Italian-registered Minardi team from its Australian owner Paul Stoddart


Scuderia Toro Rosso - It made its racing debut in the 2006 Formula One season, after Paul Stoddart sold his remaining interest in the Minardi team at the end of 2005 to Red Bull's owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, who subsequently struck a 50/50 joint-ownership deal with former F1 driver, Gerhard Berger, before the start of the season


He sold his share back to Mateschitz in November 2008 add something


Berger later acted as an advisor to Bruno Senna, Ayrton's nephew, who made his Formula One debut with the HRT F1 Team in the 2010 World Championship, and subsequently switched to Williams add something


In 2012 Berger was appointed President of the FIA Single Seat Commission add something


In March 2017, Berber became chairman of ITR, the promoter of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters add something