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Rosberg takes a high-speed selfie in a $30m classic F1 car

May 4, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Move over, Ellen DeGeneres. Nico Rosberg might have just outdone you for the ‘Selfie of the Year’ (if that’s a thing).

The German driver took part in a show run at Hockenheim in Germany today using F1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio’s Mercedes W196 car, celebrating the beginning of the new DTM season.

The car is one of the greatest in the history of the sport, winning 75% of the races it entered. Fangio won his second of five world titles using the car.

However, Rosberg step further (as if driving Fangio’s car isn’t already awesome enough): he got his phone out throughout the run to take a number of selfies behind the wheel.

This was by no means an advert for driving safety, but it’s definitely pretty damn cool. The car was also sold for almost $30m at an auction in England last year.

You can see the full gallery here.

  1. techmeister1 - May 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Selfies are dumb. Nico is fortunate however to get to drive this legendary car. They should take cellphones away from drivers while at the track… /sarcasm.

  2. techmeister1 - May 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    For those who want to compare what F1 drivers had to deal with years ago vs. today or any form of motorsports compared to F1 today, go to the official F1 website and look at the 2014 steering wheels and the controls that the driver must operate while trying to drive. It’s simply insane. There’s “only” six paddles on the back of the wheel in addition to the switches, dials and multi-function controls on the front. Watch the video and ask yourself when the driver has time to actually drive.

    • crunge4461 - May 5, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Well this is a bit of an apples and oranges comparison. No one that follows the sport undervalues the incredible technical aspect of driving a modern F1 car, that is not easy. However, those of us that praise the drivers of the past do so because of the physical difficulty and danger of racing in those old days. The old cars, shall we say in the 1960s, required tremendous physical driving skills, foot clutches, radial tires, no power steering, no paddle shifts etc. All of this the racers did in the background of significant risks from car failures, ill safety, risky tracks and so on. To compare the technicality of driving a modern F1 car with the physical driving of cars in the 60s (just an example era) is probably not a proper comparison. Both are extremely difficult, though, I think in the 60s a drivers abilities in the seat to find the limit was probably more of a substantial element of success for racing teams. This last point is, of course, is why many old school F1 fans and drivers will say Jim Clark before anyone else’s name when it comes to discussion of the greatest. Sadly, the place where Jim Clark’s passing was remembered is now a forest.

  3. mikegf1 - May 5, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    I doubt he was going very fast when he took the snaps. I don’t know what phone he used, but the shutter speeds aren’t generally high, and there is no blurring of the scenery or the cars wheels.

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