• Jan 27th 2010 at 8:01PM
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Schumacher surprises yet again – Click above to view the video after the jump

Mercedes-Benz looked like it was out to change the laws of physics when it released video footage – whether factual or digitally created – of its new SLS AMG supercar driving upside down in a tunnel. Now it looks like they're out to change history, too. Retroactively.

If you watch the original footage, chances are you won't recognize the test driver on duty, supernaturally talented though he appears to be. But watch it again in the new version after the jump and – presto change-o! – it was Michael Schumacher all along! Cute trick, especially considering he probably wasn't signed to his new deal with Mercedes when they made this clip. For our part, we're still surprised he's not driving a Ferrari in retirement, so at this point anything's believable.

[Source: Le Blog Auto]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      the word "ho" comes to mind.

      cheatin' ho actually

        • 5 Years Ago
        wow lorenzo. Since, yknow, cheating is new in formula one right? or any professional sport for that matter. Anyone who is at the competitive edge in their field will do whatever it takes to be the best. The ones who won't don't stay for long.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just cant get out of my mind that time he parked it just after the swimming pool in Monaco.
        my jaw dropped and I could not believe what I was seeing.
        And Rubens comment upon hearing Micheal was coming back was "Great! I just hope he races clean....." something like that.
        oh, yea, and Luca crying when MS decided to go to MB.......crying........

        just seems like he has a reputation of cheating to win over the years
        • 5 Years Ago
        How do you figure? He wanted back in the game and took the opportunity Mercedes gave him, he drove for Mercedes longer than Ferrari, and Ferrari certainly does not own him. While I do agree its kind of shady to compete against a team that has treated him so very well even after his F1 career with them ended, it's hardly sleazy.

        When you want to race, especially at that level, you can expect to do whatever it takes. In reality this is hardly that bad compared to some of the crap drivers and teams pull.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how much money is enough money?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fake. Drivers from the first video has more wrinkles around his eyes and differently shaped nose than Schumi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "no one else has yet picked up" for the same reason ppl say that "moon is shining" even though it does not
        • 5 Years Ago
        True Shade, I am surprised no one else has yet picked this up.

        I've seen the first footage before and I vaguely remember it definitely wasn't Shumi, then I went back again to review the original footage and it definitely wasn't him.

        I think they just remake the last scene when Shumi took his helmet off and added to the closing of the original footage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Long live the STIG
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ad was shot in September, Schumi didn't sign till December...
      This link has a discussion about the car and shoot location.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But does Schumacher drive his own SLS yet?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It never felt quite right for me to see him in Ferrari attire. I think Mercedes is where he fits best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the quasi-Back to the Future door opening sound effects. lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Has anyone even seen the original video?

        Schumi was NOT the original driver, his scene was added later after he joined the team and signed the contract with Mercedes-Benz.

        The driver of the SLS commercial is clearly visible throughout the video.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Super Bowl Commercial?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Schumacher doesn't belong with Ferrari, he belongs with Ross Brawn! Those two are THE team, whether the car says Benetton, Ferrari or Mercedes on it. It doesn't surprise me one bit that his return to the sport would be to Mercedes since that's where Brawn is.

      And the commercial is soooo CG. Just because they set up the ramps and had the car at a location doesn't mean the stunt wasn't computer generated.
      First of all, it looks CG if you have an eye for that sort of thing (I'm an animator).
      Second, if they were really going to pull a stunt like that, do you think they would have guys in short sleaves standing around or have a bunch of trucks and vans parked in the tunnel? If ANYTHING went wrong those guys would be dead!
      Lastly, if you step through the vid, those dudes in the short sleaves and the van are right at the end of the ramp at first, then it cut and the same guys are further down the tunnel and the car goes right over their heads. Also, the scene is shot from at least 5 or 6 different camera angles including a hand held right under the stunt and one apparently hanging on the wall right at the end of the ramp, yet in the shot from further down the tunnel, none of these cameras exist. Don't get me wrong, it's a very cool clip, it's just not real. Sorry if I ruined the magic :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is an incredible video!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seeing Schumi in the SLS is like seeing Brett Favre in a Vikings jersey. Schumi is on his way to be the Brett Favre of F1 (although he'll need to retire and come back a couple more times)...
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