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German FOTA Fans Forum will commence at 1730 hours on 18th July 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany. These events will offer all German auto enthusiasts with a chance to see their racing stars in action of a different kind. Fans will be able to quiz the likes of Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, Timo Glock and Norbert Haug about F1 seasons.

This quiz session will mark the start of a special home race weekend for Mercedes Bens as it celebrates its 111th anniversary of Mercedes Motorsport which goes back to 1901 Nice Speed Week with Welhelm Werner in a Mercedes 35PS. In addition to this quiz session fans will also get to know the new Mercedes Benz A Class with special driving experience along with a full entertainment program on stage behind the Mercedes Grandstand.

Fans may be excited about the prospect of quizzing these racing legends but the racers too are looking forward to interacting with fans on a different platform. Stuttgart FOTA fans Forum will offer opportunities to 200 pre registered fans who can log onto www.fota.co/events to register to enter.

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MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS announces Fans’ Forum in Stuttgart

Brackley, Stuttgart, Jul 02, 2012

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS is delighted to announce that the inaugural German FOTA Fans’ Forum will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, 18 July in Stuttgart. Beginning at 1730 in the Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Stuttgart, the event will offer German fans the opportunity to quiz Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hülkenberg (Sahara Force India F1 Team), Timo Glock (Marussia F1 Team) and Norbert Haug about one of the most exciting Formula One seasons ever and much more to do with Formula One.

The inaugural Stuttgart FOTA Fans’ Forum marks the beginning of a very special home race weekend for Mercedes-Benz. This year marks the 111th anniversary of Mercedes Motorsport, which began with victory for Wilhelm Werner at the 1901 Nice Speed Weeks at the wheel of a Mercedes 35 PS. Exactly two weeks after the anniversary, Nico Rosberg scored the 111th Grand Prix victory for Mercedes at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix – in his 111th Formula One start.

Ticket holders for the 2012 German Grand Prix in Hockenheim will also have the opportunity to enjoy unique experiences with Mercedes-Benz across the race weekend. In addition to unrivalled views from the Mercedes Grandstand, fans can get to know the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class with a special driving experience.  A full entertainment programme on the stage behind the Mercedes Grandstand and the Mercedes-Benz Experience World offer free fun and will feature plenty of surprises.

“It’s great to begin the German Grand Prix weekend with the Fans’ Forum,” commented Michael Schumacher. “That shows we’ve got our priorities right. And it’s especially good that our German colleagues from other teams will be there, too. It’s nice for Mercedes to be taking an active role and hosting the event for the other guys.”

“It’s something really special to kick off the race weekend on Wednesday with the Fans’ Forum in Stuttgart,” said Nico Rosberg. “I’m looking forward to seeing the German fans and it’s a great opportunity to meet them talk about Formula One. Make sure you’re there, it’s going to be worth it!”

“Our home Grand Prix in Hockenheim will be one of the highlights of the racing season,” concluded Norbert Haug, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “We are delighted to be offering German F1 fans the opportunity to put their questions to four of our country’s five F1 drivers on Wednesday afternoon. Hockenheim is one of our sport’s special theatres – and the views and panorama from the Mercedes Grandstand are fantastic. We are going all out to provide the fans with an experience to remember at the race weekend, and we hope there will be a few reasons for them to celebrate, too, on Sunday evening.”

REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE FAN FORUM

The Stuttgart FOTA Fans’ Forum will offer places for 200 pre-registered fans. Registration can be completed through the following website: www.fota.co/events. After registering their interest in attending, fans will receive a confirmation email which will serve as their proof of attendance upon arrival. Please note that the Fans’ Forum will be held in German.

MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE RACE LIVE IN HOCKENHEIM

Tickets for the 2012 German Grand Prix can be purchased using the following Mercedes-Benz ticketing hotline: +49 180 597 22 67. The video trailer celebrating 111 years of Mercedes Motorsport with Nico Rosberg can be found here: http://youtu.be/u87MvknLzjM