Hermann Lang, from Luigis Fagioli chief mechanic, to official Mercedes team driver.
He used to test the cars, and His lap times were as good as the ones from the Mercedes drivers, so he got the chance to become a racing driver when Fagioli left the team (Fagioli didn’t like Neubauers team orders).
Lang had to fight the opinions of the period that racing drivers were to be “gentlemen”. Immensely popular by his mechanic friends but less so with his team mates, Lang was considered to be a high-speed track expert.
He won 8 Grand Prix and one Hill-Climb for mercedes before WWII, the war interrupted his racing career when he was at the top of it. At 1952 he took the Mercedes 300SL to win in the 24hours of Lemans