Michael Schumacher will be back in a Formula 1 car next month to say ‘thank you’ to his fans for their support.
The seven-time world champion, who retired at the end of the last season, will drive around the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in a 2011 Mercedes F1 car on May 19, before the start of the 24-hour race around the Nurburgring.
“I 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,” Schumacher said. “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!” he added.
Schumacher covered part of the Nordschleife in a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Stromlinie W196 in July 2011.
Next month's demonstration lap will be the first time since Juan Manuel Fangio’s victory on August 1 1954 that a modern Mercedes F1 car will run at the Nordschleife.
In April, Schumacher and Mercedes had announced a long-term partnership that goes far beyond motor racing. The record-breaking champion will represent the brand as an ambassador and provide back-up for issues relating to future developments.