When Bernd Mayländer pulls onto the race tracks of the world today in his silver Mercedes-AMG GT R official FIA F1 Safety Car, either there have been torrential cloudbursts or an incident has occurred. At best there are only a few car parts on the track, but often this is because there has been an accident. Bernd Mayländer has been the regular driver of the Formula One Safety Car for 20 years. Whatever he says, whatever rules he lays down, are the law in the cockpits of the other drivers.
Neither Lewis Hamilton nor Sebastian Vettel overtakes Mayländer in his car any more than Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya or Mika Häkkinen did. Bernd Mayländer knows the Formula One race tracks of the world at least as well as the drivers – often even better. Mayländer was offered this unusual job completely unexpectedly during a call in spring 1999 at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola.