Returning legend Michael Schumacher will test a GP2 car tomorrow morning at Jerez as part of his comeback, reports indicate. The Mercedes GP driver will be strapped into the Super Nova machine, in a coordinated move designed to speed up his re-acclimatisation to top-level machinery and help develop the GP2 car.
The Jerez de la Frontera track is often thought beneficial for car and driver development, with its mixture of high and low-speed corners. The test will be Schumacher’s first return to high-level racing machinery since he tested the Ferrari F2007 at Barcelona two years ago, and despite the fact that F1 testing is officially banned, the test has been sanctioned by the FIA.
“Today’s test marks a milestone for the GP2 Series,” GP2 boss Bruno Michel told Autosport. “It is an honour and a privilege for us to have seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher help us to develop our car. The goal of the GP2 Series is to prepare young drivers for Formula 1.
“This test will prove to be very important for the future of our GP2 drivers and will be a confirmation of the high-standards and competitiveness of our Series. Michael’s input and advice will be invaluable. I am confident that his knowledge and unparalleled driving skills will help us to develop a great car for next season.”
Schumacher has signalled his intention of being competitive, and will want to maximise his personal performance before driving the Mercedes GP car in the coming months.