Bernd Schneider

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Bernd Schneider (born 20th July, 1964 in St. Ingbert, West Germany) is a German former racing driver known for his appearances in Formula One and WTCM.

F3000

Schneider entered the International F3000 series in 1988 with the Forti Corse team. He was a regular points scorer and finished the year in eighth place - having taken one win at the Imola round.

He continued with Forti in 1989, taking a best result of third place at the season opener at Silverstone - enough for 15th place.

WTCM

1988: Mercedes-Benz

Schneider's F3000 efforts earned him a handful of rounds with the Works Mercedes-Benz team in the inaugural World Touring Car Masters championship in 1988. His drives came about after regular driver Jerry Mahony was released from his contract due to a string of poor performances. Schneider shared the car with former Grand Prix driver Jochen Mass and scored a pair of wins at Monza.

1990-1991: Opel/Vauxhall

Schneider returned to the WTCM in 1990, being signed for the Works Opel Team Irmscher outfit alongside Volker Strycek. Consistent results throughout the season (including 10 class wins) meant that Schneider won the Class D championship with a handful of races left.

Schneider remained at Irmscher in 1991, however this time under the banner of Vauxhall Sport. He was partnered by 1988 series champion Tim Harvey as the pair became the two highest-paid drivers on the grid. With the Cavalier being one of the best cars on the grid, Schneider got off to a quick start as he took his first win in the opening race of the season. He followed this win up with another two rounds later at Watkins Glen but was involved in a heavy accident in the Sprint race the following day that ruled him out for four rounds - effectively ending his challenge for the title.

Formula One

Schneider participated in three Formula One Grands Prix for Rial-Porsche in 1991, his best performance being a 14th place finish in the Pacific Grand Prix.

Career Results

Complete International Formula 3000 results

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Pts
1988 Forti Corse Reynard 88D Ford Cosworth DFY 3.0 V8 JER
4
IMO
1
PAU
Ret
SIL
6
MNZ
4
PER
Ret
BHA
14
BIR
Ret
BUG
5
ZOL
6
DIJ
Ret
8th 19
1989 Forti Corse Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth DFY 3.0 V8 SIL
3
IMO
9
PAU
Ret
JER
5
ASS
20†
PER
Ret
BHA
Ret
BIR
12
SPA
Ret
LEM
11
DIJ
10
15th 6

Complete Formula One results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1991 Porsche Rial Racing Rial ARC3 Porsche 3512 3.5 V12 USA BRA PAC
14
SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL
Ret
ITA POR ESP JPN AUS‡
16
NC 0

Complete WTCM Results

Year Team Car Class WDC Pts Class Pts
1988 Mercedes-Benz AMG Team Mercedes-Benz 190E C Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png 30th 18 11th 124
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
NOR
16
NOR
19
KYA
Ret
KYA
25
HOC
Ret
HOC
Ret
CHA
12
CHA
18
MNZ
11
MNZ
18
1990 Opel Team Irmscher Opel Kadett E GSi 16V D Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png N/A 0 1st 306
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
29
FUJ
35
GLN
25
GLN
36†
LAG
26
LAG
36
BRH
23
BRH
Ret
PAU
Ret
PAU
26
BRN
DNQ
BRN
DNQ
MNZ
DNQ
MNZ
DNQ
CHA
22
CHA
31
BIR
DNQ
BIR
DNQ
SPA
DNQ
SPA
DNQ
NUR
Ret
NUR
45
BAT
DNQ