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Friday, November 28, 2008

Berger explains why he sold

Belgian Formula One Grand Prix: Practice

Former Toro Rosso owner Gerhard Berger, who sold his half of the team back to Dietrich Mateschitz earlier this week, said his decision was influenced by the Red Bull owner's hope to sell the team.

Berger, in an interview the Tiroler newspaper, said he began thinking about selling when changes in the customer car rules spurred Mateschitz into talk about selling out. The former-F1 driver felt without financing the team would slip down the grid performance-wise.

"I would have gladly continued with Toro Rosso, but I could not finance it by myself," sources report Berger said. "The conditions in order to make the next step are no longer there, and it has never been my style just to be here (in F1) for the sake of it."

Additionally, the Austrian said he believed the 2009 rules would not be good for the Faenza-based squad.

"The new rules leave no room for improvement for a small team as STR," Fox reports he said. "Also, Dietrich's interest will focus on Red Bull Racing, therefore the support for STR will become smaller and prevent the team from improving further from sixth.

Berger denied he sold the team because he was at odds with Mateschitz over the 2009 driver lineup.

"It has nothing to do with that," he said.

So, has the paddock seen the last of him? He left that door open.

"Don't worry, it is quite possible that I will reappear some day," onestopstrategy.com reports he told Auto Motor und Sport.
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