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awesome.” He came into contact with the Formula 1 safety car one year later in a roundabout way. In April 1996, he got his first company car, a Mercedes- Benz C36 AMG. Barely run in, in May the car was gone again: Mercedes needed it for the race in Magny-Cours as the Formula 1 safety car. Mayländer remembers it well: “Even my identifier was still there: S-BM 300.” Now he’s riding in his eighth Formula 1 safety car. After the CL 55 AMG came an SL 55 AMG with 500 hp and a CLK 55 AMG. In 2004 and 2005, Mayländer was on the move in the SLK 55 AMG Roadster. “That was a real ‘funmobile’. Light, agile and aggressive. Most notably, it had no silencer and was roaring loud.” A car that remains a special memory for him is the SL 63 AMG, in which he rode in 2008 and 2009. The brakes were modified, as were the cooling, the engine and the rear axle. In addition, the SL had an MCT transmission with double-declutching function – Mayländer’s eyes light up when he talks about it. With the SLS AMG starting in 2010, the first independently designed sports car from Mercedes-AMG was in use for four years. In his current Mercedes-AMG GT S, the digital equipment in the interior primarily makes the difference: Two tablets display the TV picture and a track animation, and the car has an InCar hotspot and a WiFi network. Back in Schorndorf, a few days after the race in Shanghai. With 509 hp at his command, today Mayländer has less to do. He visits his wife, watches her at work in a large riding hall. Myriam is a speech and riding therapist, working with children and her therapy horse. She always has plenty to do. But in the evening the two of them want to meet for a cosy glass of wine. Enjoy the sunset at the TA OS Skybar before it all kicks off again for Bernd. Out into the wide world of motorsport. The Current One Bernd Mayländer has driven the Mercedes-AMG GT S since the 2015 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX: 510 hp, maximum torque of 650 Nm, 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, 310 km/h top speed, from 0 to 100 in 3.8 seconds. Modified performance exhaust system for a rich sound, ceramic high-performance composite brakes for perfect deceleration. Bernd Mayländer Born 29 May 1971 Height 5’11” Weight 181 lbs Hobbies Jogging, gardening, skiing Role Model James Hunt Favorite racetracks Nordschleife, Suzuka FORMULA 1, FORMULA ONE, F1, FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, GRAND PRIX and related marks are trade marks of Formula One Licensing BV, a Formula One group company. All rights reserved. 70


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