Touring car ace Bernd Schneider is celebrating his 46th birthday today!

Bernd SchneiderBut did you know that Bernd – the winner of five German Touring Car Championships, along with the International Touring Car Championship and the FIA GT Championship – also competed in F1 for three seasons?

If his tin-top exploits have been anything to go by, the Schneider could well have had the potential to become Germany’s first F1 champion instead of Michael Schumacher, but two dreadful seasons with the Zakspeed outfit in 1988-9 – where he qualified for just nine races – put paid to any ambitions he had of staying in F1 for the long-term.

Schneider deputised for Alex Caffi twice with Footwork in 1990, but a DNQ in the second event at Jerez was the final nail in the coffin for his F1 career.

[Original image via F1 Rejects]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.