Since he came into the world he was destined to have a life linked to speed. Born on July 20, 1964 in the German city of Sankt Ingbert, his parents named him in homage to the legendary German pilot Bernd Rosemeyer. That, one could say, was the start of Bernd Schneider's sports campaign, who over time emulated his namesake and ended up becoming one of the greatest drivers in German motorsport.
Like most of his contemporaries, he started karting. In this specialty he achieved several successes, among which the 1980 Junior World Championship stands out. He did two seasons in Formula Ford (1984 and 1985) and then jumped into German Formula 3, a category in which he was consecrated in 1987. With that The title under his arm made his debut in Formula 1, in which he never managed to shine for lack of a competitive environment.
In 1988 and 1989 he raced for Zakspeed and in 1990 he did two tests with Arrows. In the Maximum he added 34 participations, started nine times and only reached the end in three Grand Prix, his best result being a pair of 12th places (Germany '88 and United States '90).
Then he raced in the Porsche Cup and also in the Sport Prototype. It was only in 1992 that he achieved the stability that he had wanted so much from the hand of AMG Mercedes, the team that hired him to compete in the DTM.
His speed and temperament were key to showing off in the competitive category. He achieved five titles (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006), 43 victories, 25 pole positions and 59 fastest laps. All these figures, records in the specialty, earned him the nickname of “Mr. DTM ". Its stars in the German Tourism Championship are joined by others obtained in the ITC (1995) and the FIA GT (1997).
After such a sports campaign, which culminated in 2008, many have the doubt to know if Schneider would not have achieved in Formula 1 the same that his compatriot -and contemporary- Michael Schumacher achieved had he been in the right place, in the right time ...
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