Bernd Schneider and Klaus Ludwig Take New Roles with AMG & Mercedes

Bernd Schneider might have retired from the DTM at the end of last season, but his collaboration with Mercedes-Benz will not come to an end very soon. Following the 17 years raced for the German manufacturer in series like the DTM, ITC or FIA GT – having clinched no less than 7 titles in those series in 17 years – Schneider will continue to be part of the AMG team in the near future.

While named brand ambassador of the brand starting January 1st 2009, the former DTM champion will take on the new role of test driver for the AMF development team. In addition, he will also make use of his experience in motor racing as expert instructor at the AMG Driving Academy.

Schneider will be joined by 3-time DTM champion and 3-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hour race Klaus Ludwig as co-ambassador of AMG and Mercedes-Benz. Retired from the sport in 2000, Ludwig will become driver training instructor for the SLR CLUB, while also taking on a new role in a team of 15 Mercedes engineers “responsible for assessing and approving the ride comfort and handling characteristics of all new vehicles prior to their market release”, as shown in a press release by Mercedes-Benz.

“I see my decision to work for AMGfollowing my career as an active racing driver as absolutely logical. I was able to celebrate most of my victories, and also the most satisfying ones, in the AMG Mercedes team, and now I am looking forward to the new tasks as an instructor, test driver and brand ambassador for AMG,” said Schneider.

“As part of my duties, I have enjoyed making a constructive contribution to the development of new Mercedes vehicles for many years. Now I am looking forward to working even more closely with Mercedes-Benz in the future,” added Ludwig.
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