(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000 Родился: 20.07.1964 Саарбрюккен Сезонов в Ф1: Лет в Ф1: 3 Гран При: Старты: 9* *не стартовал: 25 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: Поул-позиции: подряд:
Сезонов в Ф1:
Лет в Ф1:
3 Гран При: Старты: 9* *не стартовал: 25 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: Поул-позиции: подряд:
9* *не стартовал: 25 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: Поул-позиции: подряд:
25 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: Поул-позиции: подряд:
A graduate of Formula Ford 1600 and FF2000, Schneider finished equal third in his first year of German F3 in 1986, but when he came back to slaughter the opposition in 1988, winning seven of the eight rounds he contested, marry watchers were convinced that here at last was a German with a big future. Little did they realise that it would be at the wheel of Mercedes touring and sports cars that he would taste success rather than in Grand Prix racing, where two miserable seasons with Zakspeed and a couple of drives with Arrows unfairly left him washed up as a Grand Prix driver at the age of 26.
Bernd drove a Kremer Porsche in Interserie racing in 1990 and then raced in IMSA for the Joest team, before reviving his career in the DTM with a Zakspeed Mercedes. He switched to an AMG works car for 1992 and was soon considered the fastest driver in the Mercedes squad, but the scintillating form of Larini and the Alfas in 1993 meant his quest for the championship would have to wait a little longer. After enduring the frustration of often leading but hitting mechanical problems in 1994, Bernd's luck changed and everything came together a year on. In the AMG Mercedes the German regularly blitzed the opposition, taking 11 wins from 23 starts to claim both the DTM and ITC titles. Nobody could have deserved his success more, and he rightly became the key driver in the Stuttgart giant's racing programme. The final year of the ITC in 1996 yielded only four wins, but his consistent finishes brought him second in the final standings behind Manuel Reuter's Opel. With the high-tech formula scrapped, Mercedes unleashed their CLK-GTR on the FIA GT series and Bernd shared in six wins from the eleven races to emerge as clear drivers' champion. Despite five wins from ten starts, the German had to settle for second place behind AMG team-mates Ludwig and Zonta in 1998.
Since Mercedes concentrated solely on Le Mans for 1999, Bernd was without a regular racing schedule, but with the revised German Super Touring series in place for 2000 he will surely relish the chance to fight for the championship with the stunning new V8-engined CLK.
(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000
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