Bernd Schneider (racing driver)

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Bernd Schneider
Bernd Schneider 2007 amk.jpg
Born (1964-07-20) 20 July 1964 (age 53)
St. Ingbert, West Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Germany German
Active years 19881990
Teams Zakspeed, Arrows
Entries 34 (9 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry 1990 Spanish Grand Prix
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Years active 20002008
Former teams HWA Team
Starts 119
Championships 4 (2000, 2001, 2003, 2006)
Wins 22
Podiums 66
Poles 19
Fastest laps 30
FIA GT Championship
Years active 19971998
Former teams AMG Mercedes
Starts 21
Championships 1 (1997)
Wins 10
Podiums 15
Poles 9
Fastest laps 8
International Touring Car Championship
Years active 19951996
Former teams D2 Privat-Team AMG Mercedes
Starts 36
Championships 1 (1995)
Wins 10
Podiums 17
Poles 8
Fastest laps 8
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Years active 19861989, 19911995
Former teams AMG-Mercedes
AMG Motorenbau
Zakspeed Racing
Ford Motorsport Eggenberger
Ford-Grab Motorsport
Starts 102
Championships 1 (1995)
Wins 14
Podiums 29
Poles 13
Fastest laps 24
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 1991, 19981999
Teams AMG-Mercedes
Joest Porsche Racing
Best finish DNF (1991, 1998, 1999)
Class wins 0

Bernd Schneider (born 20 July 1964 in St. Ingbert) is a racing driver from Germany. He is a four-time Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters champion, and a Mercedes Brand Ambassador.

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 with teammate Mark Webber, 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]

Post-DTM[edit]

In recent years, 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.

Schneider currently races in the Pro-Am class of the Blancpain Sprint Series in the #70 GT Russian Team Viatti Mercedes.[2]

Personal life[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 1500/4 Straight-4 t/c 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 OX88 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 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 USA
12
BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR NC 0
Arrows A11B ESP
DNQ
JPN AUS

Complete World 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 DC Points
1987 Switzerland Ford Texaco Racing Team /
United Kingdom Rousesport
Ford Sierra RS500 MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA BNO SIL BAT CLD WEL FJI*
ovr:17
cls:10
43rd 16

* Overall race position shown. Registered WTCC points paying position may differ.

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 Pos. Pts
1986 Ford-Grab Motorsport GmbH Ford Sierra XR4 TI ZOL HOC NÜR AVU MFA WUN NÜR ZOL
14
NÜR
11
27th 13
1987 Ford-Grab Motorsport GmbH Ford Sierra XR4 TI HOC
6
ZOL
14
NÜR
2
AVU
Ret
MFA NOR
22
NÜR WUN
9
DIE
9
SAL 15th 56
1988 Ford-Grab Motorsport GmbH Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth ZOL
1
ZOL
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
BRN
1
BRN
2
AVU
1
AVU
2
MFA
1
MFA
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NOR
1

22
NOR
2

10
WUN
1
WUN
2
SAL
1
SAL
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
38th 9
1989 Ford Motorsport Eggenberger Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth ZOL
1
ZOL
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
MFA
1
MFA
2
AVU
1
AVU
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NOR
1

18
NOR
2

Ret
HOC
1
HOC
2
DIE
1
DIE
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
49th 1
1991 Zakspeed Racing Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1
ZOL
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
AVU
1
AVU
2
WUN
1
WUN
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
DIE
1
DIE
2
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

6
ALE
1

23
ALE
2

2
HOC
1

10
HOC
2

7
BRN
1
BRN
2
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
15th 26
1992 AMG Motorenbau GmbH 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
BRN
1

7
BRN
2

Ret
DIE
1

2
DIE
2

Ret
ALE
1

1
ALE
2

1
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

3
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
3rd 191
1993 AMG-Mercedes Sonax Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 93 ZOL
1

Ret
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
DON
1

4
DON
2

3
DIE
1

2
DIE
2

6
ALE
1

2
ALE
2

1
AVU
1

3
AVU
2

23
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

6
3rd 172
Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
2

9
1994 AMG Mercedes Tabac-Original Sonax Mercedes C-Class V6 ZOL
1

19
ZOL
2

DNS
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

16
MUG
1

5
MUG
2

2
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

18
NOR
1

Ret
DON
1

2
DON
2

DSQ
NOR
2

Ret
DIE
1

Ret
DIE
2

1
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

18
AVU
1

Ret
AVU
2

DNS
ALE
1

9
ALE
2

5
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

1
10th 86
1995 D2 Privat-Team 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
ALE
1

6
ALE
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
SHA
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

- 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. Pts
1995 D2 Privat-Team 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 Privat-Team 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[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
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

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts
2015 GT Russian Team Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Pro-Am NOG
QR

5
NOG
CR

11
BRH
QR

14
BRH
CR

10
ZOL
QR

12
ZOL
CR

13
MOS
QR
MOS
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
MIS
QR
MIS
CR
ZAN
QR
ZAN
CR
5th 92
2016 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 Pro MIS
QR

Ret
MIS
CR

7
BRH
QR

1
BRH
CR

2
NÜR
QR

8
NÜR
CR

3
HUN
QR

5
HUN
CR

5
CAT
QR

10
CAT
CR

31
4th 59

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Schneider to retire after Hockenheim". autosport.com. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "GT Russian Team Viatti". Blancpain GT Series. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kris Nissen
German Formula Three
Champion

1987
Succeeded by
Joachim Winkelhock
Preceded by
Klaus Ludwig
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Champion

1995
Succeeded by
Bernd Schneider
(2000)
(Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters)
Preceded by
Inaugural
International Touring Car Championship
Champion

1995
Succeeded by
Manuel Reuter
Preceded by
Ray Bellm
James Weaver
(BPR Global GT Series)
FIA GT Championship
Champion

1997
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig
Ricardo Zonta
Preceded by
Bernd Schneider
(1995)
(Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft)
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Champion

2000-2001
Succeeded by
Laurent Aïello
Preceded by
Laurent Aïello
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Champion

2003
Succeeded by
Mattias Ekström
Preceded by
Gary Paffett
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Mattias Ekström
Preceded by
Christopher Mies
Darryl O'Young
Christer Jöns
Winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour
2013
(with Thomas Jäger & Alexander Roloff)
Succeeded by
John Bowe
Peter Edwards
Craig Lowndes
Mika Salo