We’ve all been there, stuck behind a Sunday or elderly driver taking their sweet time. Mercedes-Benz just released a new ad mocking Sunday and elderly drivers, who in this case, are two multiple Formula 1 world champions Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher.
For those familiar with motorsports, the ad also mocks one of the most famous Formula 1 passes in recent times. Saying Schumacher and Häkkinen were rivals on the track is a drastic understatement — with Schumacher later admitting the only driver he feared apart from the late Ayrton Senna was Häkkinen. This rivalry was wholly evident at the Belgian Grand Prix in 2000, where Häkkinen executed a stunning pass on Schumacher and Ricardo Zonta simultaneously.
Schumacher and Häkkinen were battling for the lead and approaching the slower Zonta — who was in the middle of the track — on Spa-Francorchamp’s Kemmel Straight. Schumacher ducked left to pass Zonta and rather than concede position and follow Schumacher around to the left, Häkkinen swerved to the right, passing both Zonta and Schumacher. Häkkinen took the lead and went on to win the race.
Mercedes’ Sunday Driver ad doesn’t quite capture the drama of the actual pass, but it is nonetheless entertaining as Schumacher — in an older SL — gets overtaken by Häkkinen — in a new E-Class Wagon — complaining about Sunday drivers. The duo, who have nine F1 championships between them, however are then overtaken by a woman in a Mercedes G Wagen complaining about elderly drivers.
See the hilarity for yourself in the video below.