Schumacher to demonstrate W02 at Nordschleife

By on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Seven times Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher will drive Mercedes's 2011 car around the Nurburgring Nordschleife on May 19th.

Schumacher retired from the sport at the end of 2012 but has taken up an ambassadorial role with the company.

The German's run will take place during the build up to this season's Nurburgring 24 hours race.

"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," he said.

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."

The 14 mile Nordschleife was used as the venue for the German Grand Prix until 1976, when Niki Lauda suffered a serious accident.

The truncated, modern version of the circuit will host Formula 1 in July.

Schumacher's run will be the first time a Formula 1 car has taken to the legendary circuit since Nick Heidfeld's demonstration run for BMW in 2007.

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On this day
  • Giancarlo Baghetti won the 1961 French Grand Prix.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1950 French Grand Prix.
  • Jackie Stewart won the 1972 French Grand Prix.
  • David Coulthard won the 2000 French Grand Prix.
  • Mario Andretti won the 1978 French Grand Prix.
  • Michael Schumacher won the 1995 French Grand Prix.
  • Jack Brabham won the 1967 French Grand Prix.
  • Michael Schumacher won the 2006 United States Grand Prix.