Mayländer, who originates from Schorndorf in Swabia, proudly chose a silver Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG with his preferred registration number S – BM 300, but ended up handing it back much quicker than he would have liked. “At the time, Mercedes was looking for a well run-in C 36 AMG at short notice, and so I returned my car in May 1996 after only a short time because it was needed as a safety car in Formula One,” he reminisces.
“My first safety car in Formula One in 2000 was a Mercedes-Benz CL 55 AMG. It was a comfortable luxury coupé with ventilated leather seats and lots of power.” The high-speed laps driven by this thoroughbred racing driver in the Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG a few years later, which gave him the feeling of a real sports car for the first time, were particularly spectacular. “When it rained, it was quite treacherous due to the light tail,” says Mayländer, “It was a real beast to drive – but it was really good fun.”