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Racing tougher in my day, says Berger

ESPNF1 Staff
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Gerhard Berger toughs it out with Michael Schumacher at the 1995 Australian Grand Prix © Getty Images

Gerhard Berger says that nobody would have complained about Michael Schumacher's move on Rubens Barrichello if it happened in his day.

Berger, who raced against uncompromisingly hard drivers such as Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Schumacher himself, says the racing was much tougher back in the 80s and 90s.

"We drove harder and more brutally," Berger told Austrian newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung. "Three times a lap we drove each other into the walls without complaining. This was just part of it. We would have thought nothing of an action like Michael's against Barrichello."

Although Berger initially backed Schumacher to add to his tally of seven drivers' titles, he now doubts the German will add to his record haul.

"Before the season I would have answered this question with a resounding yes. Today I have to say no. His teammate Nico Rosberg clearly has his nose in front. Michael is trying to counter Nico's youthfulness by pulling tricks out of his bag of experience, but it's not working. His team-mate is faster, and he has to learn how to deal with it."