Michael Schumacher said he was happy with his return to F1 machinery after spending a day of running at Mugello at the wheel of an F2007.

As part of his preparations for a return to the sport in Valencia, the seven-time champion took the opportunity to test the two-year-old car - provided by Ferrari's F1 Clienti department - at the Italian circuit.

Schumacher completed a total of 67 laps over the course of the day using GP2 specification slick tyres, positing a best time of 1min 23.736secs.

"It's a great thing getting back on the track with an F1 car, even if this was a car from 2007 from the F1 Clienti department with slicks usually used in GP2 and obviously there is no real point of reference," he said. "After a couple of laps I was able to drive constant lap times and I'm happy with the performance. Now we've got to see how my body and the muscles respond in the next days."

Ferrari has now requested permission from its rival teams to allow Schumacher to spend a day testing the current F60 ahead of his return in the European Grand Prix and is waiting for a response which would allow the German to run in the car despite F1's testing ban.

The programme will be defined in the next days. Meanwhile the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro asked the other teams to have the possibility to test the F60 before the race at Valencia and is waiting for a reply.


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