Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher will take one final victory lap on the Nürburgring’s famed Nordschleife as a gesture of thanks to his fans on May 19. Schumacher drove on the ‘Ring in 2011 in Juan Manuel Fangio’s historic 1954 Silver Arrow Stromlinie W196.
But Mercedes-Benz’s racing history and relationship with the Nürburgring goes back even further, to 1934, when the W25 Silver Arrow debuted. The long-running “Silver Arrow” designation had its origins in the 1934 car being stripped of its white paint by the engineers in an effort to get the car to meet the weight requirements for the race. The car, driven by Manfred von Brauchitsch, went on to win its inaugural race.
After wrapping up his 25-year career in motorsports, Schumacher will continue as a technical consultant and brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz. Schumacher grew up in Kerpen, Germany, about 60 miles north of the Nürburgring.
Prior to his relationship with Mercedes-Benz Formula One in 2010, Schumacher raced for Ferrari from 1996 to 2006. After announcing his first retirement in 2007, he continued as a technical consultant to Ferrari until he joined Mercedes. Schumacher is considered by many as the best F1 driver of all time, holding the record for most race victories, most championships, and most pole positions.