Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher will return to the seat of an F1 car when he laps Germany’s Nurburgring ahead of this year’s 24-hour endurance event at the famous venue.
Tackling the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife, or Northern Loop – once referred to by Sir Jackie Stewart as ‘The Green Hell’ – the German racing ace will post a demonstration lap in a Mercedes AMG W02 Formula 1 car from the 2011 season as a thank you to his fans.
The exhibition lap will mark the first time a modern F1 Silver Arrow has driven on the Nordschleife since Juan Manuel Fangio’s victory on August 1, 1954, and the first time an F1 car has hit the circuit since Nick Heidfeld in a BMW Sauber in 2007 (bottom).
The Nordschleife circuit was deemed too dangerous for F1 cars to race on after Niki Lauda’s fiery crash in 1976 – the crux of the upcoming film Rush.
Schumacher said he was looking forward to giving fans and friends from his home town of Kerpen, near the racetrack, something to remember.
“I have a lot of fond memories of the Nurburgring.
“It will be a fantastic experience for me too, driving along the Nordschleife in a state-of–the-art Formula 1 Silver Arrow.
“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 wrapped up his F1 comeback with Mercedes AMG last year, following his return to the sport after his first retirement at the end of 2006 and earlier this month, signed up with Mercedes-Benz in a vehicle development and ambassadorial role for the German brand.
The 41st 24-hour Nurburgring race begins on May 17, combining both the Nordschleife and Grand Prix Circuit for 25km-long racing lap.