Michael and Ralf Schumacher – perhaps the world’s most famous racing brothers, drive for the same company, Mercedes-Benz. And with the 2012 DTM season starting next weekend, what better way to show the German car maker’s credentials that to film both of them in their DTM and F1 cars on the same track.
To mark the beginning of the 2012 DTM series at Hockenheimring next weekend, two special guests will be joining the Hockenheim opener – Michael Schumacher and Chinese Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg.
To thank his German fans for their incredible support, Rosberg will be performing demonstration laps in the race-winning Silver Arrow driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1955 F1 season.
Team mate Michael Schumacher will also entertain the crowd, but this time in the more modern 2011 Formula 1 Silver Arrow.
Michael said, “After a busy start to the Formula 1 season (with four flyaway races in succession), it will be nice to come back to Germany for the DTM season opener at Hockenheim on Sunday. I’m especially looking forward to the chance to give the fans a taste of a Formula 1 Silver Arrow in action.
“This will be my first visit to a DTM race in 20 years, and I hope that my brother and his fellow Mercedes-Benz drivers will get their season off to a great start.”
“I’m also looking forward to the first race for the newly formed Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, and its drivers Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens and Roberto Merhi.
“Just like I did at the start of my career, these young drivers have the benefit of being supported by Mercedes-Benz as they make the step to top-flight motor racing.”
Michael will become a mentor to the junior team drivers, just as Jochen Mass was when the junior team comprised Schumacher, Wendlinger and Frentzen.
Nico has a more recent experience of DTM, volunteered his services at the Hockenheim season opener last year, as a DTM ‘taxi driver’.
“I have great memories of the DTM. The earliest date back to when my father was still racing”, said Nico. “Then I started competing in the various junior classes that are staged as part of the DTM race weekend as I started out on my own motorsport career. A lot has happened in the meantime, and the highlight so far was obviously my win in China one week ago.”