Michael Schumacher continued his preparations for F1 2010 on Wednesday and following his second day at the wheel of a GP2 Series development car at Jerez in Spain, he was happy with his progress.

After the heavy rain and wind that hampered proceedings on Tuesday, Schumacher was able to run on slicks on the second day and in total he completed 78 laps, using wet tyres for just 25 tours.

"We made a big step forward today as we were able to drive for around 90 percent of the time in the dry which was an improvement on the track conditions from yesterday," said Schumacher, who will of course come out of retirement this year and return to F1 with Mercedes GP.

"We achieved two long runs which went very well and provided consistent data for the GP2 guys to evaluate. The forecast looks even better for tomorrow so we can look forward to a good final day."

Schumacher's programme revolved around working on the rear suspension, running more extreme set ups than normally seen in the series: the aim of these changes was to define the technical parameters, as the third generation GP2 car will feature a completely new and redesigned rear suspension.

"Despite the weather this has been a productive day, which was vital as we could not really complete our programme on the first day: thanks to Michael's impressive feedback we now have the technical orientations for the rear suspension," added GP2 Series technical director, Didier Perrin.

"Hopefully tomorrow's weather will allow us to add more long runs to our programme, and give us even more information for the next car," he summed-up.


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