By the middle of October 2005 it seemed that Bernd Schneider's time in the DTM had passed. The man who had regularly been called the Schumacher of the German series had been quiet all year, while young guns Mattias Ekstrom and Gary Paffett had duelled for the title.
Jean Alesi and Mika Hakkinen had also chipped in with victories for Mercedes, leaving Schneider as the only Mercedes driver in the main HWA team without a victory heading into the season finale at Hockenheim.
But after a difficult period of time in his life away from racing, Schneider was determined to prove that he hadn't lost it. He bounced back to win the final race of the season, and took that momentum into 2006.