Toro Rosso confirms team is for sale

Toro Rosso for sale! There was a slight smell of fish in the team hospitality area this afternoon, but there was nothing fishy about what Gerhard Berger had to tell the press, with regard from comments from Dietrich Mateschitz that at...

Toro Rosso for sale!

There was a slight smell of fish in the team hospitality area this afternoon, but there was nothing fishy about what Gerhard Berger had to tell the press, with regard from comments from Dietrich Mateschitz that at some point, the Faenza-based squad would be up for sale.

Gerhard did not hang about for questions but launched straight into his comments: "I regret Didi's decision but I understand it," he said. "When we bought Minardi at the end of '05 it was the intention of taking the team from the back to the middle of the grid. He would look after the finances and I would look after the racing.

"Our concept was clear: to use Red Bull Technology to build the cars which fitted in totally with the rules as they stood. But it did not please everyone in the paddock. So the new rules to be introduced in 2010 now mean that there is no reason for Red Bull to support a second team. I am very disappointed because Red Bull is a great partner and I really need it, but if Didi does not want to continue, I have to see how to continue.

"I would like to reach the goals we set ourselves. I don't know if its possible but I love a fight and I am not interested in making money out of it. My passion is racing and I want to stay in F1 with the team and I will stay as long as I can give the people here the means to progress. In his interview, Didi insists he will only pull out if the team is in good hands and I know he will keep his word. He does not make promises he cannot keep. That means, that for the time being nothing changes in the team.

"Nothing will happen in 2008 and we will see in 2009. I know these are worrying times for everyone in the team but this is the time when we have to show what we can do!"

-credit: toro rosso

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gerhard Berger
Teams Toro Rosso , Minardi