Schumacher gets Nordschleife drive in Mercedes F1 Car
The German will drive a Mercedes F1 car around the classic Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit next month. Mercedes has confirmed that the car used will be the 2011 W02 on the circuit which hosted the German Grand Prix between 1951 and 1976.
In a statement from Mercedes they said the demo run would be a “thank you” to Schumacher’s fans for their support. “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,”
He will be driving the car on Sunday 19th May ahead of this years Nurburgring 24 hours Sportscar race.
Schumacher said it was a “dream” to drive a modern F1 car on the classic track, which was dropped from the F1 championship in 1976 after Niki Lauda’s near-fatal accident.
“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.” said Schumacher.
He added “But it will be a fantastic experience for me too, 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!”
Schumacher took the W02 to 8th in the drivers standings with 86 points and a best finish of fourth place at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
Schumacher will be the first to drive a Formula 1 car on the track since Nick Heidfeld drove a 2006 BMW Sauber back in 2007. It was reported that his lap was the first to break the six-minute barrier.
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