Bernd Schneider

Touring car legend Bernd Schneider is turning 47 years old today!

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 also 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.

He later went on to win five German touring car titles, as well as claim championships in the International Touring Car Championship and the FIA GT championship.

[Image via F1 Nostalgia]

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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.