'I feel fit, I immediately felt at home again in the car - hey, we can start again!' Said the Mercedes -GP pilot on Thursday at the end of the three-day program. 'At the end of the test today I was able to drive a lot and it went really perfectly. I am very happy with how the test in Jerez went: we worked well, the times and the consistency were good, we could do everything we had planned, 'said the Kerpener.
Neck is no longer a problem
The record world champion was as motivated and aggressive as ever presented before and during the test in southern Spain. Now he also knows that his body is also doing it. His problem area in the neck no longer causes trouble. He only felt sore muscles after the test laps.
'The test gave Michael some driving experience in a monoposto. Before that, he had only driven a few laps six months ago and not for years before,' said Mercedes Motorsport Director Norbert Haug. Schumacher had his last test so far on July 31, 2009 on the home track of his former Ferrari teams in Mugello. Less than 48 hours after his declaration at the time that he was preparing for a comeback for his former teammate Felipe Massa who had had an accident, the driver from Kerpen drove in a two-year-old Ferrari. At that time there were still health problems after his serious motorcycle accident in February.
The goal is to win the world championship
Schumacher's goal on his return to the PS Circus after a break of almost three and a half years is clear. He just doesn't want to say when he wants to be world champion again with Mercedes GP. 'It might not work in the first year, but it is realistic for three years,' Schumacher told Bild-Zeitung (Thursday edition).
He is preparing to speed up as quickly as possible meticulously prepared for the opening Grand Prix on March 14th in Bahrain. Even the rainy weather on the first two days in Jerez did not bother the German. For him, driving wasn't just the focus. The time in Andalusia also served him and his engineers, mechanics and other helpers to get to know each other better. Even if he wasn't able to drive, 'I still have the time for discussions with engineers, coordination work and joint preparationbe able to use the season ', Schumacher had already said after the second day.
The first test drives are on the program at the beginning of February
Things are getting really serious now February, when Schumacher, who has entered into a long-term relationship with the car manufacturer, will finally be able to test his new company car with the star in Valencia for the first time, followed by further tests in Jerez and Barcelona before the start of the season in Bahrain, according to Haug Schumacher's competition is already aggressive: 'I want to win the world championship. That means that I will be the best German. But I'm not interested in being the best of the Germans. Because I want to be the best of them all anyway, 'said Vice World Champion Sebastian Vettel in an interview with the official Formula 1 portal formula1.com. He and his Red Bull team drew our conclusions from last season.' We will don't repeat the mistakes of 2009 ', assured the 22-year-old.