Jan.27 (GMM) Michael Schumacher’s former rival Gerhard Berger believes the seven times world champion will hang up his helmet at the end of this year, saying the 43 year old does not stand a chance against Merecedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
Berger, quoted by various German media, said, “I don’t think he’s going to extend the contract,” he said, referring to the fact 2012 is the third and final year of the 43-year-old’s existing deal with Mercedes. At some point he has to get tired.”
“He has no chance against Rosberg,” explained Berger. “He will have to admit that at more than forty years of age he can’t beat a young driver at Rosberg’s level.”
Indeed, young talent is now Berger’s specialty, after he was asked by his former Ferrari boss Jean Todt to head the FIA’s single seater commission.
Berger thinks the junior categories cost youngsters too much currently, and has given his opinion on what the costs should be in the ladder to F1.
“What I think would be reasonable is $65,000 at the most for a kart season, $130,000 for an entry-level series, $400,000 for Formula 3 and $650,000 for the last series before Formula 1,” said Berger.