Michael Schumacher will test for Ferrari again next month, when the Scuderia head to Jerez for the final test of the year.

The multiple world champion, who retired from the sport at the end of 2006, took part in his first test session since leaving the sport earlier this month. He immediately impressed too, setting the pace on both days 1 and 2, even though he had only done some demonstrations runs at Fiorano in the title-winning F2007 prior to the Barcelona outing.

Ferrari chief engineer, Luca Baldisseri told Italian newspaper, La Stampa that they want to make the most of his experience of driving without driver aids.

"Very well," he told the 'paper, when asked how Schumacher got on at the Circuit de Catalunya during his two days at the wheel on November 13 and 14.

"After so many years together we're still used to his methods of communicating and attacking problems

"On December 4 at Jerez he will be at the wheel. We asked him to pick up his helmet again because F1 has gone back to how it used to be, by eliminating certain electronic driver aids.

"Today's drivers use the accelerator like a button; halfway through the corner they push it to the floor and rely on the car's software to do the rest. From now on they'll have to learn how to control the throttle."

The test at Jerez will run for four-days, from Tuesday December 4 to Friday December 7 and all eleven teams are due to attend.

Drivers' will also get the chance to run on slicks as part of an evaluation for 2009, when the sport may opt to ditch grooved tyres. Bridgestone is planning to supply three-sets of slick tyres [see separate story].

 

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