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Schumacher Enjoys First Taste of DTM Machinery after Mercedes-AMG Taxi Run

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Mick Schumacher - Mercedes-AMG DTM - Nurburgring
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Mick Schumacher felt it was ‘quite an experience’ after being given the opportunity to complete a handful of demonstration runs with the Mercedes-AMG DTM race taxi at the Nurburgring on Friday.

The German racer, who has taken race victories in each of the past three FIA European Formula 3 Championship rounds, was given initial instructions from former DTM Series champion and Mercedes-protégé Pascal Wehrlein before heading out on track.

It was Schumacher’s first taste of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM car and he admitted the power of the car was ‘impressive’, and he thanked Gerhard Berger, the chairman of ITR that promotes the series for the opportunity.

I had great fun. It was quite an experience,” admitted Schumacher.  “Many thanks to Gerhard Berger for the invitation. The power of a DTM car is very impressive. In these weather conditions, it was slightly warmer than normally in a Formula 3 car.

“Being thrown in at the deep end is thrilling. Pascal’s background knowledge was helpful. For instance, he gave me a tip concerning brake pressure.”

Berger was supportive of giving Schumacher the opportunity after seeing how he has been progressing in Formula 3, and he feels the nineteen-year-old is beginning to show the kind of genes that took his father, Michael Schumacher to seven Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championships.

“The ITR guys came up with the idea,” said Berger, who raced against the elder Schumacher in the final three and a half years of his own Formula 1 career.  “I was excited right away and I supported it, just like Mercedes-AMG and then we made it happen.

“Mick is doing very well in Formula 3 and has scored his first race wins there. Watching the boy as he is gradually showing his Schumacher genes and how he was enjoying our DTM car today is a pleasure for me.

“Michael Schumacher is a legend, he is the best Formula 1 driver ever.”

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