Michael Schumacher’s farewell lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife was not the balls-to-the-wall hot lap many of his fans hoped it would be.
But the rare sight of a modern Formula One car touring the hallowed ground of the great old circuit is always worth seeing. So here’s an onboard video of Schumacher navigating the daunting 15.769 mile course earlier this month.
Schumacher did his lap of the track in a W02 chassis of the type he raced in the second year of his F1 comeback in 2011.
The seven-time world champion has never competed in a major series on the full-length Nurburgring Nordschleife, which held Germany’s round of the world championship from 1951 to 1976.
Today the Nurburgring is too long and too dangerous for most championships to consider racing there. But it does hold an annual 24 hour race and it was during the build-up to it that Schumacher made his valedictory run before several thousand fans.
His former Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg (F1, 2010-2012) and Karl Wendlinger (sports cars, 1990-1991) joined him on the track along with Mercedes stars Bernd Schneider and Bernd Maylander.
Schumacher raced on the shorter Nurburgring track, which will hold this year’s German Grand Prix, 12 times during his F1 career, scoring five wins.