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Berger to drive Ferrari at Shanghai 03 Jun 2004

Gerhard Berger (AUT) BMW.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Race Day, Imola, Italy, 20 April 2003

Ferrari will become the first Formula One constructor to take to the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend. Former driver Gerhard Berger will pilot last year’s championship winning F2003-GA around the new track, which is due to host the first Chinese Grand Prix on September 26, as part of its inauguration ceremony.

For Berger, who raced for the Italian squad for six years, the trip is a return to China as a Ferrari ambassador. In 1995 he travelled to Peking as part of an official team visit. Also representing Ferrari at the ceremony on Sunday will be Managing Director Jean Todt and Formula One test driver Luca Badoer.

The Ferrari festivities, which coincide with the opening of the sportscar manufacturer’s new Shanghai showroom, form part of the circuit’s first race meeting, a round of the China Circuit Championship.