The win at the 1988 Italian Grand Prix was just after Enzo Ferrari - the old man - died. "It must have been very emotional for everyone in the team," I note.
Berger nods. "The good thing about this race was that McLaren was extremely dominant this season - mine was the only win not for McLaren, every other one was McLaren-Honda - and I visited the factory some days before the race and was joking with the team. I said, 'I just have to go quickly to Monza to win the race.' It was Marco Piccinini at the time, or Piero Lardi - I don't remember anymore - and he looked at me with big eyes. And I said 'sure, I'll go and win the race - if you give me the car that I'm driving there.' And they said 'of course, if you win the race you can have your race car.'
"So I won it, and up on the podium I was already thinking of picking up the car quickly after parc ferme and going home with it!"
DC: Do you still have it?
Berger: "No - I sold it two days later! But now I would like to have it - I would be very happy if I could get it back."
DC: Jean Alesi still has one of his old cars at home...
Berger: "Yeah, Jean was always collecting everything."