Rumours have been bubbling along for some time that former Grand Prix winner and team owner Gerhard Berger was looking at a return to the pit wall, and now the Austrian has emerged as a possible candidate to work with the Lotus F1 (nee Renault) team.
Reports in Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport and Finland’s Turun Sanomat are claiming that the Austrian is in the radar of the team’s owners, Genii Capital, adding to speculation that the owners may look to ease Eric Boullier out of his current role as team principal, following the team’s dramatic loss of form in the second half of the championship season.
The ten-time race-winner has previously worked as BMW’s motorsport boss during its return to the sport with Williams in the early 2000s, and later took a 50% stake in Scuderia Toro Rosso when parent company Red Bull bought the former Minardi F1 team. He sold his shareholding and quit the team at the end of the 2008 season.
“Kimi (Räikkönen’s) decision to come back to Formula 1 with us is the first step of several announcements which should turn us into an even more serious contender in the future,” Genii Capital owner Gerard Lopez hinted, cryptically.
The team also played host to former McLaren Sporting Director Dave Ryan at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, prompting speculation that the New Zealander could make a return to F1 with the Enstone-based team in the near future.
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