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Schumacher Completes GP2 Test at Jerez – Video

Michael Schumacher at Jerez

Michael Schumacher at Jerez

Michael Schumacher has completed his final day of testing in a GP2 car at Jerez.  Although he began today’s test in damp conditions, he was able to finish the session on slicks. His quickest recorded lap time today was 1:24.621, about four tenths slower than the record set by Kamui Kobayashi at Jerez in October, 2008.  (Kobayashi made his F1 debut in the final two races of the 2009 season, subbing for an injured Timo Glock on the Toyota squad.  Kobayashi has secured a full-time driver with Sauber for 2010.)

“I could really drive a lot on this last day of testing and it worked out perfectly,” Schumacher said, as reported in Autosport. “I am very happy with the way testing went here: we worked well, times and consistency were well, we could do everything we had scheduled to do. I feel fit, I felt comfortable immediately back in the car – hey, let’s go for it!”

Bruno Michel, the GP2 series organzier added, “This has been a fantastic opportunity for the GP2 Series and everyone involved in the competition.  Michael Schumacher’s analysis and feedback was fantastic and the GP2 technical staff who has been working with him this week is positive that what has been learned from this development test will provide us with an even better car in 2011. We are very happy that Michael chose our car to get his sensations back at the wheel of a high performance machine and that he stated that it was the closest thing to a current Formula 1 car. He made a few comments comparing the GP2 and the F1 cars notably regarding their handling. We are now looking forward the second round of the GP2 Asia Series next month in Abu Dhabi and we would like to wish Michael all the best for his return to Formula 1.”

(Image source: AutoMoto TV)

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