Bernd Schneider (racing driver)

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Bernd Schneider
Bernd Schneider 2007 amk.jpg
Born (1964-07-20) 20 July 1964 (age 50)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Germany German
Active years 19881990
Teams Zakspeed, Arrows
Races 34 (9 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 1990 Spanish Grand Prix

Bernd Schneider (born 20 July 1964 in St. Ingbert) is a racing driver from Germany.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Schneider was named after legendary driver Bernd Rosemeyer, winner of the 1936 European Drivers Championship. Introduced to karting at an early age, he displayed an obvious talent for racing. After several years in the junior kart series, Schneider won the 1980 German Kart championship. Two years later, he would win the 1982 European Kart championship with the national team. In 1983, he won the African kart championship.

Single seater racing[edit]

The next few years, Schneider would race in the various Formula Ford series in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. In 1986, he joined the German Formula Three circuit, winning the title the following year in 1987. This brought him to the attention of Erich Zakowski, who signed Schneider to drive for his Formula One team Zakspeed in 1988 and 1989. However, the small German-based squad did little to make an impression on the F1 circuit and Schneider only able to qualify for nine races out of the 32 he entered with the team (7 out of 16 with the turbo powered car in 1988 and only twice out of 16 attempts did he pre-qualify and actually qualify for a race in 1989). Schneider also briefly drove for Arrows, before leaving single seaters and racing Porsche sports cars in the early 1990s for Joest Racing, in the World Sportscar Championship and races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

DTM championships[edit]

Schneider won his fifth DTM championship in 2006.

In 1992, Schneider moved to the DTM (German Touring Car Championship), driving for AMG-Mercedes. Finishing third his first season, he has since been a regular Mercedes driver. In 1995, he won his first DTM championship, piloting an AMG C-Class.

In the years of the DTM's absence, Schneider raced the works Mercedes CLK GTR cars in the FIA GT Championship, winning the title in 1997 after winning six races. In 1998, now with the CLK-LM variant, although winning five races, he lost the title to teammates Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta. He was also a Mercedes works driver in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998 and 1999.

Bernd Schneider at the Sachsenring in 2002

The DTM returned in 2000 with silhouette bodies and V8 engines, and Schneider took the championship crown three of the first four years (2000, 2001, and 2003) in an AMG CLK-Class; he was runner up in 2002. Still driving for AMG, Schneider has won a record four championships; in 2005, he was teammates with (among others) former F1 champion Mika Häkkinen, and in 2006 won his fifth championship title.

It was announced on 21 October 2008 that Schneider will retire from racing at the conclusion of the 2008 season.[1]

In recent years, however, Schneider has returned from retirement to take part in several endurance races. In 2013 he raced in and won the 24 Hours of Dubai, the Bathurst 12 Hour, the 24 Hours Nürburgring and the Spa 24 Hours in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Personal[edit]

Schneider lives in Monte Carlo with his girlfriend Svenja and their daughter Lilly-Sophie. He also has children Lisa-Marie and Luca Maximilian with his ex-wife Nicole. Schneider still enjoys karting.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1988 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 881 Zakspeed Straight-4 BRA
DNQ
SMR
DNQ
MON
DNQ
MEX
Ret
CAN
DNQ
DET
DNQ
FRA
Ret
GBR
DNQ
GER
12
HUN
DNQ
BEL
13
ITA
Ret
POR
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
JPN
Ret
AUS
DNQ
NC 0
1989 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 891 Yamaha V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
JPN
Ret
AUS
DNPQ
NC 0
1990 Footwork Arrows Racing Arrows A11 Cosworth V8 USA
12
BRA
SMR
MON
CAN
MEX
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
NC 0
Arrows A11B ESP
DNQ
JPN
AUS

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/Masters results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
1992 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1

5
ZOL
2

Ret
NÜR
1

10
NÜR
2

Ret
WUN
1

7
WUN
2

4
AVU
1

3
AVU
2

1
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

Ret
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

4
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

4
BRÜ
1

7
BRÜ
2

Ret
DIE
1

2
DIE
2

Ret
SIN
1

1
SIN
2

1
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

3
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
3rd 191
1993 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1

Ret
ZOL
2

9
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

2
WUN
1

7
WUN
2

6
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

5
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

Ret
DIE
1

2
DIE
2

6
SIN
1

2
SIN
2

1
AVU
1

3
AVU
2

23
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

6
3rd 172
1994 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes C-Class V6 ZOL
1

19
ZOL
2

DNS
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

16
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

18
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

Ret
DIE
1

Ret
DIE
2

1
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

18
AVU
1

Ret
AVU
2

DNS
SIN
1

9
SIN
2

5
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

1
10th 86
1995 D2 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes C-Class V6 HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
AVU
1

Ret
AVU
2

11
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

1
DIE
1

7
DIE
2

6
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
SIN
1

6
SIN
2

3
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

13
1st 138
2000 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
OSC
1

3
OSC
2

12
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

1
SAC
1

3
SAC
2

3
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
LAU
1

C
LAU
2

C
OSC
1

2
OSC
2

1
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

4
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

NC
1st 221
2001 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
QR

1
HOC
CR

1
NÜR
QR

6
NÜR
CR

2
OSC
QR

3
OSC
CR

2
SAC
QR

4
SAC
CR

1
NOR
QR

1
NOR
CR

2
LAU
QR

3
LAU
CR

2
NÜR
QR

4
NÜR
CR

6
A1R
QR

1
A1R
CR

1
ZAN
QR

10
ZAN
CR

3
HOC
QR

Ret
HOC
CR

3
1st 161
2002 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
QR

11
HOC
CR

4
ZOL
QR

6
ZOL
CR

3
DON
QR

8
DON
CR

12
SAC
QR

3
SAC
CR

2
NOR
QR

3
NOR
CR

2
LAU
QR

2
LAU
CR

1
NÜR
QR

3
NÜR
CR

3
A1R
QR

2
A1R
CR

2
ZAN
QR

6
ZAN
CR

2
HOC
QR

2
HOC
CR

1
2nd 64
2003 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK 2003 HOC
1
ADR
5
NÜR
4
LAU
1
NOR
3
DON
2
NÜR
3
A1R
2
ZAN
2
HOC
6
1st 68
2004 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2004 HOC
17†
EST
5
ADR
11
LAU
3
NOR
3
SHA1
2
NÜR
3
OSC
Ret
ZAN
5
BRN
10
HOC
1
6th 36
2005 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2005 HOC
3
LAU
17†
SPA
17†
BRN
Ret
OSC
4
NOR
10
NÜR
5
ZAN
8
LAU
Ret
IST
3
HOC
1
4th 32
2006 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006 HOC
1
LAU
1
OSC
5
BRH
3
NOR
2
NÜR
2
ZAN
2
CAT
2
BUG
5
HOC
4
1st 71
2007 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2007 HOC
7
OSC
6
LAU
4
BRH
1
NOR
2
MUG
11
ZAN
12
NÜR
7
CAT
Ret
HOC
5
6th 31.5
2008 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008 HOC
8
OSC
12
MUG
4
LAU
7
NOR
6
ZAN
9
NÜR
1
BRH
9
CAT
3
BUG
5
HOC
6
6th 34

1 - Shanghai was a non-championship round.

  • † — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

Complete International Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos Points
1995 D2 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes C-Class V6 MUG
1

1
MUG
2

3
HEL
1

5
HEL
2

Ret
DON
1

1
DON
2

1
EST
1

1
EST
2

2
MAG
1

1
MAG
2

1
1st 138
1996 D2 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes C-Class V6 HOC
1

4
HOC
2

2
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

6
EST
1

11
EST
2

12
HEL
1

16
HEL
2

Ret
NOR
1

9
NOR
2

6
DIE
1

1
DIE
2

1
SIL
1

16
SIL
2

5
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

2
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

8
MUG
1

2
MUG
2

1
HOC
1

14†
HOC
2

Ret
INT
1

5
INT
2

14
SUZ
1

3
SUZ
2

1
2nd 205

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1991 Germany Joest Porsche Racing France Henri Pescarolo
Germany Louis Krages
Porsche 962C C2 197 DNF DNF
1998 Germany AMG-Mercedes Germany Klaus Ludwig
Australia Mark Webber
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM GT1 19 DNF DNF
1999 Germany AMG-Mercedes France Franck Lagorce
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Mercedes-Benz CLR LMGTP 76 DNF DNF

Complete FIA GT Championship results

Complete FIA GT Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1997 AMG Mercedes GT1 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Mercedes-Benz LS600 6.0L V12 HOC
Ret
SIL
2
HEL
8
NÜR
1
SPA
2
A1R
4
SUZ
1‡
DON
1
MUG
Ret
SEB
1
LAG
1
1st 72
1998 AMG Mercedes GT1 Mercedes-Benz CLK LM Mercedes-Benz M120 6.0L V12 OSC
3
SIL
1
HOC
1
DIJ
11
HUN
1
SUZ
1
DON
1
A1R
2
HMS
4
LAG
2
3rd 69

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Schneider to retire after Hockenheim". autosport.com. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kris Nissen
German Formula Three champion
1987
Succeeded by
Joachim Winkelhock
Preceded by
Klaus Ludwig
DTM Champion
(Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft)

1995
Succeeded by
Bernd Schneider (2000)
(Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters)
Preceded by
none
International Touring Car Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Manuel Reuter
Preceded by
Ray Bellm
James Weaver
(BPR Global GT Series)
FIA GT Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig
Ricardo Zonta
Preceded by
Bernd Schneider (1995)
(Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft)
DTM Champion
(Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters)

2000-2001
Succeeded by
Laurent Aïello
Preceded by
Laurent Aïello
DTM Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Mattias Ekström
Preceded by
Gary Paffett
DTM Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Mattias Ekström