Michael Schumacher’s GP2 Test Hampered By Wet Weather
Michael Schumacher got behind the wheel of a GP2 test car today as he begins preparations for his eagerly awaited Formula One comeback.
The seven time world champion signed a contract to drive with the Mercedes Benz team, reuniting him with the sport that delievered him so much success, and the man that helped him – Ross Brawn.
The multi-million pound, 3 year contract will see Michael race until the age of 44.
Since retiring in 2006 he worked as a consultant and occassional tester for the Ferrari team, and was set to replace Felipe Massa mid-way through last season when the Brazilian got injured in a massive accident, but was unable to do so due to a neck injury sustained in a motorbike accident. This test is designed to show he is now over that injury.
However, despite some good running and completing some 52 laps, his day was cut short by poor weather conditions. He will pick up the action again tomorrow and Thursday.
“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 Formula 1. Despite the weather not being what we all would have liked all my senses were nevertheless on full alert – this alone was worth it,” he said.
“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.”