Michael Schumacher has been on the pace in his three-day GP2 test at the Jerez track, in Spain. The test is being used to develop the Dallara-Renault spec package for GP2, and is being manned by Super Nova team mechanics. While no official lap times have been made public, Super Nova boss David Sears indicated that Schumacher was setting impressive lap times from the outset, even though track speeds were impacted by wet weather.
“I would say that with a track that is not completely dry, with the kerbs wet and everything else, to be less than one second off the quickest ever time is pretty handy,” Sears told Autosport. “It [the test] is ongoing as we speak, and it has been damp for the last couple of days. Michael is going around as we speak, doing long runs and making sure that his neck is standing up – which it is.”
Sears also made a prediction regasrding Schumacher’s performance during the coming season: “I think the guy is on such a higher plain in being incredibly physically fit. Probably Nigel Mansell was the first guy that made sure that racing drivers were incredibly fit because he had broken his neck and his back. Michael having gone off and stolen our chief mechanic to go and ride motorbikes, I think he fell off a few times and one of those times he landed on his head. Obviously he damaged a couple of vertebrae there which took a while to mend, and I think when he was asked to deputise for Felipe Massa it wasn’t mended at that point. But now obviously it is – and certainly I would say the guy is fitter, more intelligent and quicker than most of the other drivers. And at 41, he is going to demonstrate that again.”
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