AMG also provides support behind the steering wheel. In the AMG Customer Sport program, we offer teams the opportunity to increase their chances of racing success by using experienced drivers from the AMG Driver Pool. The same option is available to all teams – regardless of the size of the team or the race series.
With their driving skills and specific vehicle expertise, our pool drivers have already contributed to a number of race victories and championship successes. The group of AMG drivers includes some of the biggest names in motorsport: for example, how about having a five-time DTM champion in your team? Support doesn’t get much better than this.
The first milestone in Bernd's career was his victory at the 1980 Kart Junior World Championship. After winning his spurs in the Formula Ford Monoposto series he entered the German Formula 3 championships, which he won in 1987. Prior to this, in 1986, he had first competed with Ford in the DTM. After two years of Formula 1 with Zakspeed in 1988 and 1989, as well as sports car racing with Porsche in 1990 and 1991, Schneider moved to Mercedes and the Zakspeed DTM team as the successor to Michael Schumacher for the last four races in 1991. In 1992 he made another move to Mercedes-AMG, where Schneider has remained in his sporting element to the present day.
Over the subsequent 17 years, as part of the AMG and HWA teams, he won five championships in the DTM, one in the ITC, and one in the FIA GT Championship. All in all he won 43 of the 226 DTM/ITC races in which he competed for Mercedes-Benz. He stood on the winner's rostrum 100 times - almost every other race - and was in the points ranking 157 times, i.e. in more than two thirds of his races. Schneider also achieved 59 fastest lap times.
On 26 October 2008, Bernd competed in his last DTM race at the Hockenheim circuit. With five DTM titles and one each in the ITC and FIA GT Championship, Bernd Schneider is one of Germany's most successful racing drivers of all time. Following his career as an active racing driver, he is passing on his enormous know-how to AMG customers as an expert instructor at the AMG Driving Academy. He is also active as a test driver and brand ambassador for AMG. Since 2011, he supports the AMG customer teams as an AMG Pool Driver.
Karl Wendlinger and Mercedes already share a long history. He earned his stripes as a pro in the World Sportscar Championship as part of the legendary 1990 Mercedes factory team, which also included, among others, Jochen Mass, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Michael Schumacher. Karl Wendlinger started in 41 Formula One races from 1991 through 1995.
As an ex-Formula One pilot and Austrian motor sports thoroughbred, Karl serves as an official brand ambassador of Mercedes-AMG and applies his racing experience in support of the AMG Driving Academy as an instructor.
Besides that, he supports AMG Customer Sports Teams whenever needed at the race track.
Successful racing driver, competent instructor, meticulous developer – in every respect, Thomas Jäger has "petrol in his blood". The roots of his passion for motorsport date back to 1990 when, as a 14-year-old boy, he won his first kart race and thus laid the foundations for his career. In 1996 he emerged victorious from the French "La Filière" school for racing drivers, the springboard to the world of Formula 3.
After two years of cutting his teeth in the junior series, in 2000 he turned professional and from that point on enjoyed four successful years as a Mercedes works driver in the DTM. He added to his collection of titles in 2009 with overall victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup.
In the same year, the Munich-born driver joined Mercedes-AMG's new customer sports project, which he helped to set up and continues to help develop. In tandem with this, since 2006 Thomas Jäger has also worked as an instructor at the AMG Driving Academy, sharing his know-how with private drivers from all over the world.
And on the race track he has continued to enjoy success with some historic victories: in 2010 he secured outright victory in an SLS AMG GT3 at the 4-hour races on the North Loop of the Nürburgring circuit; in 2012 he chalked up the first victory for the gullwing model at the 24-hour race in Dubai and became team world champion of the FIA GT1; and in 2013 he also took first place at the Bathurst 12-hour race in Australia.
The dynamics of the youth and the competence of the experience – Jan Seyffarth is combining these two characteristics to an optimal mix. Ever since the German, born in Querfurt in 1986, sat behind the wheel of a go-kart for the first time at the age of twelve, he has never lost his passion for fast lap times anymore. With several kart championship titles under his belt, he graduated to single-seater racing. It didn’t take long for victories, including F3 race wins, to set in. By the time he changed to sports cars, in 2005, at the latest, it was clear that he would make driving race cars to his profession. It was the right decision: in 2008, he became the runner-up in the German Porsche Carrera Cup.
When Mercedes-AMG entered customer sports, it also marked the start of the success story of the red-blooded racer with the SLS AMG GT3. Over 90 race starts since 2011 speak for themselves. Next to race wins in VLN and GT Open, Jan Seyffarth also proved his talent with the gullwing in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, among others: pulling a double duty, he finished both third and fourth in the race in 2013. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the quick German caught the attention of the AMG Driving Academy that got him into its team of instructors. The next step of success: since 2015, Jan Seyffarth has been involved in the development of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 as an official AMG Test and Development Driver. Moreover, he is available to participate in selected races with AMG Customer Sport Teams at the race track.