In advance of the Nürburgring 24-hour race last weekend, Mercedes-Benz put on a demonstration that had Michael Schumacher playing catch-up in a Formula One car against four examples of AMG metal. There were four cars sent off in staggered starts before Schumacher: an A45 AMG, E63 AMG 4Matic, SLS AMG Black Series, and an SLS AMG GT3 car. "Mr. Formula One," as the German television commentators call him, left three minutes after the SLS AMG GT3.

There are two videos of Schumacher's lap, the first is on-board footage - and even though there were several GoPros on the car the POV never cuts away from the front wing. You can hear the throttle and tell he's not pushing it, you can also tell how bumpy the track is. The second video is footage from the German Sport1 channel - with commentary in German - that shows all the cars taking off and takes the aerial view of proceedings. He looks to be going a lot faster in that one. You can compare and contrast yourself with the videos below.

Oh, and it's worth noting that, even with the likely restricted car, and the made-for-TV environment, Schumi turned in a quick lap. The nose camera shows the F1 car start to slow down on the back straight, near the start/finish line, right around the modern-length track record time of six minutes and eleven seconds.






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      Rich M.
      • 1 Year Ago
      what was the point of driving an F1 car around the ring without it being a F1 car at 90% at least. it looked like a warm up lap to get to the starting grid. he might as well drove their new CLA and it would've been more exciting. the last time this was done was with nick heidfeld with bmw and at least he was somewhat on it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA2yYohW1Vs
      theautojunkie
      • 1 Year Ago
      ....well the in-car nose camera started to give me a headache, impressive record though....
      Kelly Hatcher
      • 1 Year Ago
      i think the F1 had limiter on.
      slicecom
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's nothing hot about that lap.
      Highlander
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a waste of talent, car and track...... The one who limited the car should be fined/fired...
      K.C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow was that boring or what. Maybe it was cool if you were there ?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      That F1 car sounds like CRAP!!!! Did someone put rocks in the crankcase or is that the limiter? Slow laptime too for an F1 car. I was expecting somewhere around 5:30, not 6:11. I see there was an artist hard at work on the track at the 10:20 mark of the video ;)
      Echelon Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boring... way too obviously slow driving.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was hoping for something more awesome. Like these spectacular bid budget videos manufacturers are doing these days.
      Codeman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad that was staged to very safely have all cars finish in inverted starting order in the last corner. Schumi only pushed the car in the first few corners, but after that he was just babying it.
        theautojunkie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Codeman
        ....still without a effort Schumacher casually encroaches on the track record, not even pushing the car that hard, he was afraid to loss that nose piece for the publicity sake....
      Peter Middleton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Press the right pedal please
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