Gerhard Berger has advised Red Bull to ignore the advances of Juan Pablo Montoya, who is linked with a move to the team.
The Austrian and former grand prix winner, who owns half of the junior ‘Toro Rosso’ squad with Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, said the billionaire should instead plump for one of the ‘five young drivers of tomorrow’.
That is, of course, unless you can ‘lay your hands on a Michael Schumacher, (Fernando) Alonso or (Kimi) Raikkonen’, he told the British ‘Guardian’ newspaper.
Berger, meanwhile, says the five future stars are Heikki Kovalainen, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi, adding: ”And Montoya is not among them in my opinion.”
Later, the veteran of 210 grands prix qualified his exclusion of Red Bull’s Christian Klien by explaining that he was only referring to drivers in their first full year of F1.
One racer most definitely on his list of favourites, however, is seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, who – in the Independent newspaper – Berger compared as an ‘equal’ to the great Ayrton Senna.