Bernd Mayländer

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Bernd Mayländer
Bernd Maylander 2008 Japan.jpg
Mayländer at the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix.
Nationality Germany German
Born (1971-05-29) 29 May 1971 (age 43)
Waiblingen (Germany)
Previous series
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1999
Teams Champion Racing
Best finish 19th
Class wins 0

Bernd Mayländer (born 29 May 1971 in Waiblingen) is a German racing driver and current Formula One safety car driver.

Racing career[edit]

Bernd started his career in karting sport at the end of the 1980s. In the following years he made his way to the Formula Ford, the Porsche Carrera Cup and the original DTM. In 2000, he won the 24 Hours Nürburgring in a Porsche 911 GT3-R. When the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series was resumed in 2000, he was driving for Mercedes-Benz.

Safety car driver in Formula One[edit]

Mayländer leading the race leader, Felipe Massa, and other drivers at the 2006 Brazilian GP.

Mayländer is the safety car driver for all Formula One races, with his busiest being the 2006 Australian Grand Prix, where he led more laps than all racers but Fernando Alonso, the race winner.

He has driven the Formula One safety car since 2000,[1] except for the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, when he was injured and was replaced by Marcel Fässler.

He also did a notable job at the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix, when he led the race for almost 20 laps of heavy rain and also at the 2010 Korean Grand Prix where he led 26 laps in heavy rain. At the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix he led 28 laps, while race winner Jenson Button led only half a lap, the last half of the last lap.


In May 2005, he was one of six Mercedes-Benz drivers taking part in a record drive. Three stock E320 CDI cars drove 100,000 miles in 30 days around the clock, which resulted in an average speed of 139.7 mph (224.8 km/h).

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1999 United States Champion Racing Germany Dirk Müller
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT3-R GT 292 19th 2nd


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wolfgang Land
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion
Succeeded by
Harald Grohs
Preceded by
Oliver Gavin
F1 Safety Car Driver
Succeeded by
Marcel Fässler
Preceded by
Marcel Fässler
F1 Safety Car Driver
Succeeded by