Berger says new V6 turbo era is pure Formula 1

Niki Lauda with Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Berger

Niki Lauda with Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Berger

Gerhard Berger has changed his tune and is no longer critical of Formula 1’s technological revolution which comes into effect at the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Having counted himself among the ‘purists’ who dislike the complicated energy recovery systems and fuel-saving limitations, the former driver told APA news agency he has now changed his mind.”From my perspective,” he told the Austrian agency, “it is a big step forward.

“Until my visit to the Bahrain test, I was critical,” said 54-year-old Berger, currently recovering from badly breaking his arm in a skiing crash.

“At first I found it too technical, too complicated for the fans,” he explained. “But I need to revise that. This is pure Formula 1.

“The cars are 20 km/h faster on the straights and they also have real power out of the corners.”

10-time grand prix winner Berger, perhaps best known as Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna’s McLaren teammate, also said he has no problem with the milder tones of the new V6 engines.

“The criticism of the sound is coming mainly from people who have not heard them,” he said. (GMM)

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