Michael Schumacher has revealed he in 'perfect shape' for this weekend both physically and mentally on a track and climate which the German anticipates to be very demanding.

The Formula One circus will arrive at the Buddh International Circuit without turning a wheel in reality on the Indian track, prompting many teams to adopt the use of their trusty simulators.

Schumacher however won't be doing so as the former multiple champion enjoys the challenge of learning and adapting to a new circuit the sport throws at him.

"I am doing nothing different than usual," he said, "and no, I did not throw myself into the simulator.

"I am in the fortunate situation that I can adapt to new circuits and layouts very fast and have a feeling for the required basis set-up after just some laps. That has always been one of my strengths, and this is still the case."

Schumacher also outlined that a 'good basic fitness' will certainly be an advantage for this weekend's race.

"The fact that I am physically in perfect shape will be an advantage in India, because it will be very hot," he said. "This is nothing you could have done specifically for that one GP, you have to have a good basic fitness. And I certainly have that."

The Mercedes ace has also rubbished reports that the track situated in New Delhi will not be ready while welcoming the circuit and country to the calendar.

"I am convinced we will find an impressive venue and I am sure the weekend will be a success," he said. "You often have those kinds of rumours with new tracks, and always they have been wrong.

"My opinion is that if you do stage a world championship, let`s do it all over the world. That`s why I am welcoming to have India on the F1 map."
by Simon Evans

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