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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER TO DRIVE 2011 F1 MERCEDES ON NÜRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE

Greg Emmerson
Apr 25, 2013

Multiple world champion Michael Schumacher will set another record in mid-May when he takes to the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife track in a modern Formula 1 Silver Arrow.

The event will take place in the build-up to the big 24-hour race at the Nürburgring on May 19 as a "thank you" to his loyal fans. It marks the first outing for a Mercedes F1 car at the "Green Hell" since Juan Manuel Fangio's famous victory in 1954.

Schumacher will run a demonstration lap on the in a 2011 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02. It follows his previous run on part of the Nordschleife at the last F1 GP at the Nürburgring in July 2011. Then he was driving a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Stromlinie W196 - the same car that took Mercedes-Benz to two world titles with Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1954 and 1955.

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The history of Mercedes and the Ring goes back to June 3, 1934 when the Silver Arrow had its first outing on the legendary Nordschleife in the International Eifel Race. The car was painted silver because mechanics had worked through the night to strip away the white paint on the brand new Mercedes-Benz W25 racecar in order to keep it under the maximum weight limit. The next day, Manfred von Brauchitsch won the W25's debut race in the car stripped to bare metal, beginning the legend of the Silver Arrow.

Michael Schumacher said: "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. 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!"

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By Greg Emmerson
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