Michael Schumacher may be retired from Formula 1 racing, but that’s not stopping the new Mercedes-Benz ambassador from climbing back into the cockpit of an F1 car.
“I have a lot of fond memories of the Nürburgring and am really looking forward to giving fans and friends from my home town of Kerpen, which is quite close to the Nürburgring, something to remember as they see me drive by,” Schumacher said.
To kick off the 24 Hours of Nürburgring this year, Schumacher will do a demo lap behind the wheel of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02 race car as a “thank you” to all his fans’ loyal support over the years. It will be the first time since 1954 that a modern Formula 1 Silver Arrow will be driven on the Nordschleife. The last time was Juan Miguel Fangio’s victory on August 1st, 1954.
Schumacher also covered part of the Nordschleife in July 2011 behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Stromlinie W196. The W196 was the first Formula 1 Silver Arrow that Fangio drove to two world titles in 1954 and 1955 for Mercedes-Benz.
“Posting a lap in a modern Silver Arrow on the most beautiful and most testing circuit in the world,” Schumacher said. “What a brilliant mix – it’s every motor racing driver’s dream.”
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