Gerhard Berger has been at the head of the DTM for years and is constantly involved as creator of the racing series. But now the former Formula 1 driver had to undergo emergency surgery – because Berger’s doctor discovered critical findings during a routine examination.
Emergency operation at Gerhard Berger. The former Formula 1 driver (210 starts between 1984 and 1997, editor’s note) and the current German Touring Car Championship (DTM) boss had to undergo an urgent intervention. According to “Bild”, referring to Berger himself, the 61-year-old went to the doctor with “pain in the stomach area”. However, the examination produced a disturbing result: “The doctor was quite excited after looking at the X-rays: ‘Mr. Berger, you need surgery.”
Curious: Berger then suggested to schedule the operation on Friday. But the doctor replied, “I’m talking about the next two hours! You are about to have a ruptured appendix.” The procedure was then carried out on Tuesday last week. The Austrian recovered quickly: “The next morning I felt good, so I left the clinic again,” said Berger. This weekend, the DTM season finale takes place at the Hockenheimring – with the creator of the racing series.