Bernd Mayländer

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Bernd Mayländer
Bernd Maylander 2008 Japan.jpg
Mayländer at the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix.
Nationality Flag of Germany.svg German
Born (1971-05-29) 29 May 1971 (age 48)
Waiblingen (Germany)
Previous series
1995 1996
1997 1998
2001 2004
DTM (ITC)
FIA GT
DTM
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 1999
Teams Champion Racing
Best finish19th
Class wins0

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

Waiblingen Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Waiblingen is a town in the southwest of Germany, located in the center of the densely populated Stuttgart region, directly neighboring Stuttgart. It is the capital of the Rems-Murr district. As of September 30, 2004 Waiblingen accommodated 52,948 inhabitants.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and owned by the Formula One Group. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950. The word "formula" in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants' cars must conform. A Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, which take place worldwide on purpose-built circuits and on public roads.

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Racing career

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 drove for Mercedes-Benz. He raced for Mercedes in DTM from 2001 to 2004, having won one race at Hockenheimring in 2001. [1]

Formula Ford race car class

Formula Ford is an entry-level class of single seater, open-wheel formula racing. The various championships held across the world form an important step for many prospective Formula One drivers. Formula Ford has traditionally been regarded as the first major stepping stone into formula racing after karting. The series typically sees professional career minded drivers enter alongside amateurs and enthusiasts. Success in Formula F can lead directly to other junior formulae such as a Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Three.

Porsche Carrera Cup is a number of one-make sports car racing series competed with Porsche 911 Carreras, including the following:

The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters is a touring car series sanctioned by DMSB and ITR who have been affiliated to the FIA since 1976 and 2003 respectively. The series is based in Germany, but also with rounds elsewhere in Europe, and races a silhouette racing car based on a mass-produced road car.

Safety car driver in Formula One

Maylander leading the race leader, Felipe Massa, and other drivers at the 2006 Brazilian GP. Safety Car with Felipe Massa 2006 Brazil.jpg
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.

Safety car

In motorsport, a safety car or pace car is a car which limits the speed of competing cars on a racetrack in the case of a caution period such as an obstruction on the track or bad weather. The aim of the safety car is to enable the clearance of any obstruction under safer conditions, especially for marshals and/or await more favourable track conditions weather-wise.

2006 Australian Grand Prix 753th Formula 1 Championship Grand Prix

The 2006 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Albert Park, Melbourne on 2 April 2006. The 57-lap race was the 22nd Australian Grand Prix as part of the World Championship, and the 71st Australian Grand Prix overall. It was also the third round of the 2006 Formula One season; the Australian Grand Prix had been the season opener since 1996, but this race was held later due to the 2006 Commonwealth Games being held in Melbourne at the time of the opening round. The season was instead opened in Bahrain, and Australia regained its first round of the season slot for 2007.

Fernando Alonso Spanish racing driver

Fernando Alonso Díazaudio  is a Spanish racing driver and former Formula One racing driver. He is a two-time Formula One World Champion and is often regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. He has contested 17 seasons of Formula One. Outside Formula One, Alonso won the 2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota Gazoo Racing. He won the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans at his first attempt and won the race again in 2019. He won the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona, after his debut in 2018. He also contested the 2017 Indianapolis 500, and was due to contest in 2019 but failed to qualify.

He has driven the Formula One safety car since 2000 [2] with the exception of the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, when he was injured and was replaced by Marcel Fässler. [3]

2001 Canadian Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 2001

The 2001 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 10 June 2001 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec in front of a crowd of 111,000 people. It was the eighth round of the 2001 Formula One season and the 33rd Canadian Grand Prix as part of the Formula One World Championship. The 69-lap race was won by Williams driver Ralf Schumacher after starting from the second position. Michael Schumacher finished second in a Ferrari and McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen came third.

Marcel Fässler (racing driver) racing driver, 2012 Drivers World Endurance Championship winner

Marcel Fässler is a Swiss professional racing driver. He has competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship as part of Audi Sport Team Joest with co-drivers André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer since 2010, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times and capturing the World Endurance Drivers' Championship in 2012.

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.

2007 Japanese Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 2007

The 2007 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 September 2007 at the Fuji Speedway, Oyama, Shizuoka. The 67-lap race was the fifteenth round of the 2007 Formula One season. It was held at the recently revised track in very heavy rain and misty conditions. For the previous 20 years, the Japanese Grand Prix had been held at Suzuka Circuit, but at this race it returned to Fuji for the first time since 1977. The race was won by McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who also took pole position and the fastest lap of the race. Heikki Kovalainen achieved his first podium, by finishing second for the Renault team, whilst Kimi Räikkönen finished in third for Ferrari. Adrian Sutil scored Spyker's first and only point by finishing 9th and being promoted to 8th after the race.

2010 Korean Grand Prix

The 2010 Korean Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 24 October 2010 at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, South Jeolla, South Korea. It was the seventeenth round of the 2010 Formula One season and the first Korean Grand Prix. The 55-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who started from third position. Lewis Hamilton finished second for McLaren and Alonso's teammate Felipe Massa was third.

2011 Canadian Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 2011

The 2011 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 12 June 2011 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was the seventh race of the 2011 Formula One season and the 48th Canadian Grand Prix. The 70-lap race was won by McLaren driver Jenson Button after starting from seventh position. Sebastian Vettel, who started from pole position, finished second in a Red Bull Racing with teammate Mark Webber finishing third.

Mayländer has led over 700 laps in Formula One over this time. [4]

Maylander competing in the 2002 DTM season. Bernd Maylaender DTM(ThKraft).jpg
Mayländer competing in the 2002 DTM season.

Other

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).

Racing record

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/Masters results

YearTeamCar1234567891011121314151617181920Pos.Pts
1995 Persson Motorsport Mercedes C-Class V6 HOC
1

13
HOC
2

NC
AVU
1

Ret
AVU
2

18
NOR
1

16
NOR
2

7
DIE
1

9
DIE
2

10
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

11
ALE
1

13
ALE
2

Ret
HOC
1

9
HOC
1

8
20th12
2001 Manthey Racing AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2001 HOC
QR

9
HOC
CR

9
NÜR
QR

11
NÜR
CR

20
OSC
QR

OSC
CR

SAC
QR

SAC
CR

NOR
QR

NOR
CR

LAU
QR

8
LAU
CR

13
NÜR
QR

5
NÜR
CR

7
A1R
QR

9
A1R
CR

Ret
ZAN
QR

Ret
ZAN
CR

DNS
HOC
QR

2
HOC
CR

1
11th28
2002 Manthey Racing AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2001 HOC
QR

HOC
CR

ZOL
QR

19
ZOL
CR

16
DON
QR

14
DON
CR

9
SAC
QR

19
SAC
CR

13
NOR
QR

11
NOR
CR

8
LAU
QR

17
LAU
CR

Ret
NÜR
QR

21†
NÜR
CR

14
A1R
QR

16
A1R
CR

Ret
ZAN
QR

17
ZAN
CR

11
HOC
QR

12
HOC
CR

Ret
19th0
2003 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes CLK 2002 HOC
11
ADR
10
NÜR
17
LAU
16
NOR
Ret
DON
12
NÜR
14
A1R
15
ZAN
16
HOC
20†
19th0
2004 Team Rosberg AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2003 HOC
14
EST
18
ADR
Ret
LAU
Ret
NOR
13
SHA 1
DNS
NÜR
15
OSC
19
ZAN
15
BRN
16
HOC
14
20th0

Driver did not finish, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance. 1 - Shanghai was a non-championship round.

Complete International Touring Car Championship

YearTeamCar1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526Pos.Pts
1995 Persson Motorsport Mercedes C-Class V6 MUG
1

12
MUG
2

10
HEL
1

9
HEL
2

9
DON
1

11
DON
2

8
EST
1

12
EST
2

13
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

12
19th8
1996 Persson Motorsport Mercedes C-Class HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
NÜR
1

16
NÜR
2

Ret
EST
1

14
EST
2

Ret
HEL
1

11
HEL
2

7
NOR
1

16†
NOR
2

11
DIE
1

19
DIE
2

14
24th15
Warsteiner Mercedes-AMG SIL
1

14
SIL
2

Ret
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

9
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

DNS
MUG
1

Ret
MUG
2

Ret
HOC
1

9
HOC
2

Ret
INT
1

16
INT
2

7
SUZ
1

8
SUZ
2

Ret

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1999 Flag of the United States.svg Champion Racing Flag of Germany.svg Dirk Müller
Flag of France.svg Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT3-R GT29219th2nd

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References

  1. "Bernd Mayländer". Driver Database. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  2. "New safety car driver announced". gpupdate.net. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  3. "Mystery Monday: Bernd Mayländer – "Driving the F1 safety car is a big responsibility, but I really enjoy it"" . Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  4. "Safety Car driver Bernd Maylander's Hot Lap interview /r/formula1". f1.com. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wolfgang Land
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion
1994
Succeeded by
Harald Grohs
Preceded by
Oliver Gavin
F1 Safety Car Driver
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Marcel Fässler
Preceded by
Marcel Fässler
F1 Safety Car Driver
2001–
Succeeded by
Incumbent