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Last week we reported that Michael Schumacher will be piloting a 2011 Mercedes Formula 1 car around the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. Now, new details have emerged confirming that the drive will in fact be a race between the GP racer and four other Mercedes-Benz AMG cars!

The competitors aren’t driven by nobodies either. Official F1 Safety Car driver Bernd Mayländer will take to the track first in an A 45 AMG, closely followed by Le Mans class winner Karl Wendlinger in an E 63 AMG S, current F1 star Nico Rosberg driving an SLS AMG Black Series and DTM legend Bernd Schneider in an SLS AMG GT3. Schumacher will start last in his F1 car.

Each driver’s starting time will be staggered to choreograph a photo finish, and as Rosberg says, “It will be interesting to see how long Michael can delay starting before catching up with us at the finish.”

This F1 vs AMG showdown isn’t the first of its kind, as Mercedes has organised numerous publicity stunts with its F1 partner McLaren before. Former Mclaren-Mercedes driver David Coulthard chased down Merc road cars twice before (read Paul’s posts on them here and here), and Fernando Alonso too did the deed in his short stint with the team in 2007.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nkPrmXQwQg