Ferrari super-sub Michael Schumacher has revealed that he has already lost weight as he prepares to make his F1 comeback at the European Grand Prix later this month.

The German, who will stand-in for the injured Felipe Massa, added, however, that his neck has been giving him a few problems, although it is believed that this will not be a major issue at Valencia.

"I'm currently in the midst of my preparations for the upcoming race," the 40-year-old told his personal website. "I've already lost three kilograms even if it is also important to me to build up muscle.

"So all in all, the practice works pretty well. I only have to admit that my neck pinches a bit. We have to get a grip on that as health has priority - that's the clear arrangement made with Ferrari and, by the way, with my wife, too.

"It's on! I accepted the challenge. And as you all know, I really love challenges. It seems as if my fans would love them, too.

"I really would like to thank all my fans for all the positive feedback. It's incredible how much support I get from all over the world in these days.

"It almost feels like as if a flush of positive energy is coming over me. Compliments to all of you!"

Schumacher has already resumed testing and ran in a 2007 spec car at Mugello last week. However he won't get to run in the new F60 prior to the European Grand Prix, as in-season testing is banned and the Scuderia's request to get him some track time has been blocked by Red Bull and Williams [see separate story click here].

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