Berger plays down Speed axe gossip

Wed, 8 November 2006, 12:30

Gerhard Berger has moved to cool speculation that Toro Rosso is on the verge of axing American racer Scott Speed after only a single season in F1.

The Faenza based team’s co-owner responded cagily to reports that Dutchman Robert Doornbos could be accommodated alongside Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2007, but indicated that the gossip might be wide of the mark.

“The driver question will be answered officially only after Didi (Dietrich Mateschitz) and I discuss it, but there will not be any great surprises,” Berger, 47, was quoted as saying by the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten.

Former grand prix winner Berger hinted several times towards the end of last season that Toro Rosso would be almost certainly stick with Speed and Liuzzi, and now adds: “I only want to say this — Robert Doornbos is not playing a role in our deliberations.”

He also rejected suggestions that the Italian squad could be attracted by drivers with personal sponsorship dollars.


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