Thursday, June 28, 2007

Vettel for STR in '08?

Team co-owner Gerhard Berger on Thursday gave a big hint about thepossible appearance of Toro Rosso's driver lineup for 2008.The Austrian stalwart and former grand prix winner has often beencritical of STR's current racers Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi,but insists to that rumours of an early exit for the pairis not on the cards.Berger did, however, admit that signing at least one experienceddriver in the longer term would be "an advantage" for any team in itsearly stages."Sometimes we suffer because we have two young, inexperienced drivers," he said.Berger hinted: "But a rookie does not necessarily have to be so youngand inexperienced. "Champ Car's dominant Sebastien Bourdais, for instance, is stronglyrumoured to be heading for a Toro Rosso cockpit next year, and Bergeradmits long-standing links with the 28-year-old Frenchman's managerNicolas Todt."I have known Nicolas since he was a child when I drove under hisfather Jean (Todt) at Ferrari. That is apart from the fact that Ithink Nicolas does a very good job in this industry," he said.BMW's Sebastian Vettel - jointly contracted to STR's sister team RedBull - is also speculatively linked with a race seat for 2008, but theGerman teenager laughed off the rumour at Magny Cours."I know nothing about it and nobody has spoken to me about it," Vettelis quoted as saying by Sport-Informations- Dienst.

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