Michael Schumacher, 7 time world champion will be back behind a F1 car on 19th May. He will be seen in a Silver Arrow lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife track as a prelude to the 24 hour race at Nürburgring on May 19th. The demo lap in the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02 is the legendary driver’s way of saying thank you to fans who have supported him through the years.
Schumacher drove the Mercedes Benz Silver Arrow Stromlinie W196 at the Nordschleife in 2011. It was in this Silver Arrow that Mercedes Benz received two world titles in 1954 and 1955 when Juan Manuel Fangio was at the wheel.
In June 1934, Silver Arrow took to the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the International Eifel Race, yeras before F1 was conceptualized The silver coat was attributed to the fact that mechanics worked all night stripping the Mercedes-Benz W25 racing car’s white paint to stay within maximum permissible weight.
The vehicle was painted silver due to the fact that mechanics worked through the night to take off the exterior white paint so as to keep well within maximum permissible weight. Manfred von Brauchitsch won the W25 debut race marking Silver Arrow’s racing legacy. Micheal Schumacher’s association with Mercedes AMG Petronas saw hi end his F1 career with the team. A long-term partnership will see him look into safety issues, including Intelligence Drive, and back-up for issues relating to future developments, apart from being brand ambassador.
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!”