Berger leaving after Melbourne

BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger will effectively leave his position after this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. Berger announced his intention to step down from BMW earlier this week and although his contract does not expire until near the...

BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger will effectively leave his position after this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. Berger announced his intention to step down from BMW earlier this week and although his contract does not expire until near the end of the season, he has decided to make his retirement sooner rather than later.

"The situation is that I have a contract until September but we decided, after this race, to go out of the daily business," Berger explained. "I'm still going to be involved in some strategic questions so, as Frank likes to talk with me and we do our negotiations together for the future, I'm still helping and I am coming from time to time to races but basically I'm dropping out after this race."

Berger had links with BMW back from when he raced touring cars and took up his role as motorsport director for the manufacturer in 1998. Now he intends to devote more time to his family and his own concerns. The former F1-driver competed in 210 grands prix, won ten races, made it on to the podium 48 times and claimed 12 pole positions.

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