Bernd Mayländer is only one of Germany’s best-known auto racing car drivers, additionally if he has really not been finishing for triumphes in addition to standings for some years presently. As a result of 2000, because the motorist of the principle security and safety car within the FIA Resolution One Globe Champion, he has really always gone to the guts of the difficulty when safety is named for on race course worldwide.
This fashion, the auto racing motorist from South Germany — together with the Mercedes-AMG GT R in addition to, from 2021 on, likewise with an Aston Martin — makes a definitive cost to minimizing hazard in Grand Prix competing events.
” In case you accumulate all of the a number of numerous aspects of my duties, I’ve in truth found my need work,” claims auto racing motorist Mayländer.
Nevertheless that’s not all: Bernd Mayländer stands for the enterprise as a Model identify Ambassador at quite a few events, such because the 1000 Miglia in Italy, and likewise, as element of the AMG Driving Academy, educates the proprietors of the model identify’s much more efficient lorries precisely how one can drive securely on the restriction.
The security and safety auto: By the point his birthday celebration will get right here on 29 Might 2021, Bernd Mayländer will definitely have gone to the wheel within the security and safety car in 390 Grands Prix.
” In virtually half the races I went to, I wanted to exit on the monitor,” he remembers.
On race Sundays, he’s moreover on standby for all situations in Resolution 2, Resolution 3 in addition to Porsche Supercup races.
” I frequent the car from 8.45 a.m. — with merely a half-hour lunch break previous to the start of the Resolution One race at 3 p.m.,” claims Mayländer, that originates from Schorndorf, summarizing his functioning day.
The race weekend break on the monitor begins on Thursday for Bernd Mayländer as he examines the monitor strolling to look at safety-relevant attributes akin to kerbs in addition to accident obstacles. Afterward within the day, the circuit is particularly available to the protection and safety vehicles and truck for one hr.
” That gives me the prospect to rise to hurry up on the monitor,” he states.
Close to the restriction: When factors cap, he goes for it. With the auto racing vehicles and vans aligned behind him in a safety car stage like a string of pearls, Mayländer will increase the velocity to roughly 98 % of his in addition to the vehicles and truck’s capacities. The foremost time distinctions in between the 585 horse energy Mercedes-AMG GT R and likewise the much more efficient Resolution One auto racing vehicles and vans aren’t quite a bit of their full throttle, but in stopping, velocity in addition to cornering charges.
Usually taken all through all race course, the GT vehicles is 7 to eight secs slower each kilometre than a Resolution One auto racing car.
His most unusual work was likewise the lengthiest Grand Prix in background. The race in Montreal, Canada, on 12 June 2011 lasted 4 hrs, 39 minutes and likewise 39.537 secs due to many disruptions.
” I led the realm for 34 laps in 5 jobs, which was 46.9 % of the laps run.”
Mercedes-Benz has really been providing the principle Resolution One security and safety vehicles and truck provided that 1996.
The very early years: After buying some expertise on the wheel of various lorries within the garden of his mothers and dads’ drink retailer in Schorndorf, Horst Mayländer and likewise his little one Bernd did quite a few laps of a go-kart monitor by Lake Maggiore. They by no means ever obtained concerned in any form of races.
The day previous to his 18 th birthday celebration in 1989 — and likewise having really presently handed his driving examination — his papa allowed him make the most of his very personal Porsche 911 for some very first laps on the race course at a membership displaying off event in France. As early as 1990, Bernd Mayländer was offered a C-licence for car racing in addition to took half in Resolution Ford in1991 In 1992, he participated in his preliminary interval within the Porsche Carrera Mug, which he received in 1994 because the youngest motorist ever earlier than again then.
As a Mercedes-Benz motorist within the DTM: In 1995, Bernd Mayländer participated within the DTM (German Touring Automobiles and truck assortment) in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class for the Persson Motorsport group in addition to accrued his preliminary components. The 1996 visiting car interval was held because the ITC (Worldwide Touring Car Champion).
The younger motorist started the interval with Persson nonetheless went as much as the AMG group after a elimination race versus Resolution One chauffeur Gianni Morbidelli. Mayländer accomplished a lot of the races with nice outcomes, but the DTM/ITC was briefly terminated afterwards interval.
Norbert Haug, head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, in addition to AMG employer Hans Werner Aufrecht obtained within the group within the brand-new FIA GT Champion. In 1997, motorists Bernd Schneider, Klaus Ludwig and likewise Bernd Mayländer received the four-hour Zeltweg race on the A1-Ring within the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR. On the finish of 1998, Mayländer left the group and likewise received the 24- hr race on the Nürburgring in 2000 in a Porsche 911 together with companions Uwe Alzen, Michael Bartels in addition to Altfrid Heger, amongst quite a few numerous different successes. In the exact same yr, he was runner-up within the Porsche Supercup.
Go Again To the DTM: Within the 2nd yr of the brand-new DTM, in 2001, Bernd Mayländer was again as a Mercedes-Benz features motorist. He needed to take a break for a few weeks after a wonderful starting to the interval owing to an advanced crack of the perfect heel, which he had really endured taking a walkway slightly as effectively athletically previous to the race in Oschersleben, he received the interval ending on 7 October 2001 on the Hockenheimring.
” The lap doc for visiting cars on the previous circuit is mine for perpetuity,” he excited.
The issue was pretty simply that the restore of the everyday race course in Baden started on the Monday after his win. On the finish of 2004, Bernd Mayländer relinquished the DTM to give attention to his brand-new operate as security and safety auto car driver in Resolution One and likewise as a Model Identify Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz.
The Model Identify Ambassador: “It is a advanced job. I really enjoyment of driving the historic Mercedes-Benz auto racing vehicles and vans, for example, or taking part within the 1000 Miglia,” he describes.
All his duties with one another in Resolution One, as a Mercedes Model Identify Ambassador and likewise as a instructor on the AMG Driving Academy occupy quite a lot of time.
” Contemplating That 1999, I’ve really been removed from residence concerning 35 weekend breaks a yr,” Mayländer claims.
Nevertheless in between, there are days in addition to weeks with the family when he takes pleasure in caring for the dual youngsters birthed in2018
He has one need, additionally at 50: “I make it possible for I’ll definitely stay in motorsports for many extra years. In no matter kind. I nonetheless like the duty as excessive as on the very first day. “