Berger Dismisses Renault Manager Rumors

Austrian driver Gerhard Berger dismissed rumors that he is in pole position to secure a leading management role within the Renault F1 Team next season. The initial reports coming from France's publication Auto Hebdo suggested that the majority stake holders of the Enstone based organization have decided to offer the former Grand Prix racer a managing spot within the team.

Current Renault F1 manager Bob Bell was handed the role after former manager Flavio Briatore resigned from that position following his involvement in the crash-gate. However, Bell's service was considered an interim one, until the French manufacturer would restructure their F1 team in the off-season.

Now that the majority stake of the team has been sold to Genii Capital company – owned by businessman Gerard Lopez – it is only natural that the new management will want to reorganize the outfit.

However, when asked by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport about the latest allegations regarding his potential job with Renault, Berger burst into laughter.

The only thing I know about it is that Lopez has taken over Renault. I know nothing about any offer. At the moment there are no talks,” said Berger, according to the aforementioned source, in addition to admitting that he turned down several offers to return to the Great Circle.

Since his retirement from the sport in the late 90s – having spent his last 2 active seasons at Benetton Renault Team – Berger has been both motor sport director for BMW and co-owner of Italian squad Scuderia Toro Rosso. He sold his share in the team at the end of the 2007 season to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, as he was unhappy with the direction picked up by STR for the future.
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