Berger's farewell to BMW

After his last race as motorsport director for BMW, at Monza, Gerhard Berger says farewell and urges the fans to keep their fingers crossed for the BMW-Williams F1 team. "So that was that: my last race as BMW Motorsport Director. Monza 2003.

After his last race as motorsport director for BMW, at Monza, Gerhard Berger says farewell and urges the fans to keep their fingers crossed for the BMW-Williams F1 team.

"So that was that: my last race as BMW Motorsport Director. Monza 2003. I have to admit that it's a strange feeling to know that I won't be wearing the shirt with the blue and white BMW propeller in the F1 paddock any more. It was a difficult decision indeed. I took me a lot of thinking, assessing advantages and disadvantages, but at the end of the day I'm sure to have made the right decision: after 25 years in motor racing I just need a break."

BMW Motorsport Director Gerhard Berger retirement party: Gerhard Berger and Dr Mario Theissen, 'This Bud's for you!'.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
"Still, I can't tell you how long this break will last. Sometime I will be missing the ambience and my colleagues, will feel the need to be standing next to the track and to breathe racing air. But those who think I've already got a lot of offers are wrong. I'm taking a break. I want to spend time with my family now. Or, to put it this way: 'Family first'."

"But this doesn't mean that I'll be sitting back and doing nothing. No way. There are a lot of things I will have to take care of, things that have waited to be dealt with quite a time. Furthermore I want to go in for a lot of sport, want to go and see my friends together with Ana and the children or even take a long holiday. I just want to make up a lot of those things I had nearly no time for in the past. And there is one thing I'm looking forward to particularly: To get up when I feel like but not when the alarm clock rings. And I'd really love to feel bored."

"During the course of the past weeks, I have been asked again and again which incidents in my career have been the best and which the worst. And each time I was asked this question, it made me look back. I have to say that I had a lot of luck surviving all my accidents virtually unhurt. Apart from some marks caused by burns I have suffered no permanent damages whatsoever. Something you have to be extremely grateful for in a business where you're always on the very limit as a driver."

"I suppose this will be my last column for BMW. So I want to use this possibility to say thank you: to BMW for having offered the driver Berger the chance to work as BMW Motorsport Director at a Global Player. To Mario for having been a great partner at the helm of BMW Motorsport. Not only has he been my esteemed colleague, but also a man I'm thinking highly of from a personal point of view. Furthermore I have to thank the drivers who were well aware that they had no chance to fool me and who have translated the one or the other tip of 'Veteran Berger' into action. Just as much I want to thank the mechanics, the engineers and all other team members who have contributed to the team's success, if in front of or behind the curtain. And last but not least I have to thank the fans, as F1 wouldn't be where and what it is without their passion and interest."

"Please, do me a favour: keep on crossing your fingers for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team until the season is over. It's about time that somebody ended Ferrari's reign, and I'd be delighted if we were the ones to succeed in doing so. For me this would be the culmination of a fantastic time with BMW."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gerhard Berger , Mario Theissen
Teams Ferrari , Williams