Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will return to the wheel of a Formula One car on May 19 to complete a demonstration lap around Germany’s historic Nurburgring Nordschleife in Mercedes’ 2011 F1 W02.
Schumacher, 44, who retired from the sport at the end of 2012 after a three-year stint with Mercedes, wants to use the lap to say thank you to German fans for their loyal support during his F1 career.
“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 One 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 Nordschleife circuit, which is over 20 kilometres long, hosted the German Grand Prix 22 times between 1951 and 1976. Schumacher’s lap will be the first outing for a modern Mercedes Formula One car at the circuit since five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio won there in 1954 in a W196.
Looks like the Nordschleife is making headlines with two big white dicks on them this year.