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Fresh off officialising his partnership with Mercedes that is said to go beyond motorsports, it’s been confirmed that Michael Schumacher will drive a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02 around the Nurburgring’s legendary Nordschleife circuit. What a way to go ‘off track’, Schumi.

The seven-time F1 world champion will post a demonstration lap around the North Loop in a 2011 Grand Prix car in the lead-up to the 24-hour race around the Nürburgring, in what is to be the first outing of a modern F1 Silver Arrow at the track since Juan Manuel Fangio’s victory for the team in 1954.

Understandably jubilant of the announcement, Schumacher said, “I have a lot of fond memories of the Nurburgring and posting a lap in a modern Silver Arrow on the most beautiful and most testing circuit in the world, what a brilliant mix – it’s every motor racing driver’s dream!”

Schumacher and ex-Mercedes GP teammate Nico Rosberg last ran a classic W196 Silver Arrow round the Nordschleife in 2011, while Nick Heidfeld lapped the track in its current layout in a 2006 BMW F1 car in 2007, the last time a contemporary GP car took on the Green Hell.

To recap, the Red Baron will be driving a modern Silver Arrow around the Green Hell. Can Schumacher break the Nordschleife’s all-time track record, currently held by his childhood racing idol Stefan Bellof? Only time will tell. May 19, to be exact.