JUNE 16, 2015
Berger slams decision to cancel F3 race
F1 legend Gerhard Berger has criticised the decision to cancel a recent Formula 3 race at historic Monza.
The decision was taken after a spate of terrifying wheel-to-wheel crashes, but Berger thinks it was the wrong message to what is "the best school" for rising driver talent.
Until recently, former grand prix winner Berger was head of the FIA's single seater commission, but now in charge is former Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali.
"There were drivers who were wrong (at Monza)," Austrian Berger told Italy's Autosprint, "but also the race director -- what does he want?
"To turn F3 into F1, although everyone in the F1 paddock knows that the habit of punishing drivers for every single thing is wrong?
"Do they want to destroy a healthy F3?" he continued.
"I heard that there should not be F3 at Monza, it is dangerous, or they must establish a code of conduct when two cars are together. Are you kidding?
"F3 has always had closely contested and fabulous races at Monza. And F3 has always been the best school for drivers, and it should remain so," Berger charged.