Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2012

Schumacher to drive F1 car on Nordschleife

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2012Michael Schumacher will get back behind the wheel of an F1 car on the Nurburgring Nordschleife next month, Mercedes has confirmed.

Schumacher will drive a 2011 W02 on the longer version of the track which held Germany’s round of the world championship between 1951 and 1976.

“Schumacher will post a demonstration lap on the Nurburgring?s legendary Nordschleife in a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02 to say ‘thank you’ to his fans for their years of loyal support during his F1 career,” said Mercedes in a statement.

The run will take place on Sunday 19th May ahead of the start of this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours sportscar race.

Schumacher said: “I have a lot of fond memories of the Nurburgring and am really looking forward to giving fans and friends from my home town of Kerpen, which is quite close to the Nurburgring, something to remember as they see me drive by.”

“But it will be a fantastic experience for me too, driving along the Nordschleife in a state-of?ǣthe-art Formula 1 Silver Arrow, particularly in view of the fact that the Silver Arrow?s legend began here. Posting a lap in a modern Silver Arrow on the most beautiful and most testing circuit in the world, what a brilliant mix ?ǣ it?s every motor racing driver?s dream!”

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49 thoughts on “Schumacher to drive F1 car on Nordschleife”

      1. @bascb Another World Champion wants to see it happen, though.

        MarioAndretti: Wow, M Schumacher to tackle Nordschleife in ’11 Mercedes #F1 car. Will we see a 4min lap? Sounds like worth the trip to see. @MercedesAMGF1

        Perhaps this will put at least a bit of pressure on Mercedes to give Michael 1 crack at the record.

  1. Even if they do not allow a proper run, it’ll be amazing to see current day F1 car on 1 of the legendary tracks. And we need in car footage of the whole run on Youtube with 1080p. That will be all.

        1. Sorry Keith, my comment wasn’t correct one. At that time Klaus Ludwig and co have drawn much more attention in DTM. I checked the information and you’re right, Michael participated in four races. According to German Wikipedia DTM took place on Nordschleife from 1988 to 1993. Consequently, there is a possibility of Michael driving there.

    1. @keithcollantine

      Schumacher did 4 official races in DTM. But they count as two heats per venue. Norisring (2) and Diepholz (2) in 1991.
      Hockenheim 1990 as guest starter (famously crashing out Cecotto and destroying his titel hopes).

      From 1984 on sportscars were only racing the GP-track. Bellof won the first race together with Derek Bell, after he set that remarkable 6.11 pole lap the year earlier.

      Formula König and Formula 3 never drove on the northern loop while Michael Schumacher was in his early days.

      So apart from his occasional Ferrari test drive…
      He never actually ‘raced’ on the northern loop. But he sure does know the track.

  2. “[...] driving along the Nordschleife in a state-of–the-art Formula 1 Silver Arrow, particularly in view of the fact that the Silver Arrow’s legend began here. Posting a lap in a modern Silver Arrow on the most beautiful and most testing circuit in the world, what a brilliant mix – it’s every motor racing driver’s dream!”

    Let’s go through this once again, shall we?

    - This is an evolution of the original 2009 Brawn GP car, which in its development process was rebranded as a ‘Mercedes’, after the eponymous car manufacturer decided to buy the team that had somehow won the championship that year.

    - This is the silver arrow. Not ‘a’ silver arrow, but ‘the’ silver arrow.

    1. “Silver arrow” is a term used for more than one car, and indeed for more than one manufacturer. It was coined by the media to describe the 1930s Mercedes and auto union grand prix cars that were dominating at the time, and has since been used to describe quite a few racing cars.

      1. I would say the last Mercedes car that I can kind of see is a silver arrow was the W196, but I mean… seriously, current generation F1 cars are still called ‘silver arrows’? I would much rather have that the W25 would be recognized as the ‘true’ silberpfeile, similar to ’158′ and ‘Alfetta’ – I get the feeling Mercedes are just over-hyping the name ‘silver arrow’… and that annoys me.

      2. I’m surprised that Audi don’t play up to the heritage for their le mans cars, as Auto Unions were silver arrows (and most Audi sportscars have been silver).

  3. Nurburgring is far too dangerous, it’s easy to go over the barriers with a modern F1. I think he won’t be allowed to do a lap under 7 min or something like that.

    1. The only setup that can ‘safely’ hold F1 on the this track is the one used in Monaco. With maximum ride height, of course. There are few jumps on the track and I’d like to see aerodynamic sensitive car, like modern F1, holding it together without loss of control. Quite challenging indeed.

  4. If the dangers aren’t too great, I do hope Schumacher is allowed to post a laptime – it’s safe enough for a Zonda R, so an F1 car shouldn’t be too bad I wouldn’t think!

    1. I don’t think so the track is too dangerous for an F1 car, the driver in a Zonda R is more protected than he is in an F1 car plus the fact that an F1 car will be much more faster around those dangerous corners I still cannot believe the lap record set by Stefan Bellof in 1983

      1. As far as I know, Bellof did the 6:11 on a shorter lap in may 1983. Due to constructions works the lap had been shortened to 20,8 km (instead of 22,8).

      2. @tifoso1989 of course the F1 cars will go a good deal faster, but if you change the suspension set-ups and bolt on a set of Bridgestones that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Also, F1 cars are pretty safe!

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