Berger plays down reports of Lotus F1 role

Gerhard Berger has played down reports he is a contender to return to Formula One with a role at the Lotus team in 2012.

International reports had predicted the former grand prix winner, BMW motor sport director and Toro Rosso co-owner will return from retirement amid rumours team boss Eric Boullier is leaving his role.

“My perpetual holiday is continuing,” the 52-year-old former Ferrari and McLaren driver is quoted as saying by Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.