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Schumacher comfortable on test return

Michael Schumacher begins his three-day test with GP2 stalwart Super Nova in preparation for his F1 comeback with Mercedes Grand Prix.
Michael Schumacher began his preparations for F1 2010 on Tuesday and the German was seemingly happy following his run in a GP2 Series development car at Jerez in Spain.

The record-breaking multiple F1 world champion is using the test to assess his fitness after neck problems forced him to abandoned his come-back last year when he was initially drafted in by Ferrari to replace the injured Felipe Massa.

Schumacher, who has since inked a deal to team up with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes - former 2009 F1 constructors' champions, Brawn GP - completed 52 laps in total, despite heavy rain and wind.

"The day today was good especially because after a long time I could drive again in a car that came almost close to a current F1," said Schumacher. "Despite the weather not being what we all would have liked all my senses were nevertheless on full alert - this alone was worth it.

"I felt comfortable out on the track from the very beginning, and naturally I'd like to thank our team and the GP2 series very much for the opportunity to drive."

Schumacher, who is testing with Super Nova, will continue running at Jerez on Wednesday and Thursday.

"It is unfortunate that the weather conditions were far from optimal today. Still, Michael could get a good first taste of our car and has already managed to analyse the performance and behaviour of current car," added GP2 Series technical director, Didier Perrin.

"Tomorrow, we hope for better weather and a dryer track which should allow us to move along with our programme and start working together on set up solutions for 2011."



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Michael Schumacher will return to F1 in 2010 with Mercedes GP [Pic credit: Mercedes]
Michael Schumacher, Super Nova GP2 Series test, Jerez, January 2010 [pic credit: Mercedes-Benz Motorsport]
Michael Schumacher, Super Nova GP2 Series test, Jerez, January 2010 [pic credit: Mercedes-Benz Motorsport]
Michael Schumacher, Super Nova GP2 Series test, Jerez, January 2010 [pic credit: GP2 Series]
Michael Schumacher, Super Nova GP2 Series test, Jerez, January 2010 [pic credit: GP2 Series]

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Luke - Unregistered

January 13, 2010 1:15 PM

Guess he can always ask #2 and #3 on the podium to hold his pipe while he 's receiving his 1st place trophy :) He 's keeping his helmet colors... While Rubens has swopped them out countless times MS stay superstitious. The Merc badge looks awesome too. A little shy on sponsors there though. Saw it on the BBC f1 as pointed out. Thanks!

Red Robbo - Rover F1 - Unregistered

January 13, 2010 11:51 AM

Bill Sorry Luke's and my attempt at a little humour offended you,but is it really necessary to call someone a retard just because their view on things is slightly different from yours? Relax and enjoy the rest of your day.



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