Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher is to take part in a three day GP2 test at Jerez, starting tomorrow, as he limbers up for a return to Formula 1 testing with Mercedes in February after three years away from the sport.
With only one test in an F2007 Ferrari last summer behind him, Schumacher wants to get back up to speed as quickly as possible. GP2 is the feeder level series for F1, one level down. It is backed by Renault. It replaced F3000, which was the feeder level series in 1991 when Schumacher was coming through the ranks. Ironically he bypassed that stage, moving straight from sportscars, where he drove for Mercedes, to F1.
Schumacher will drive the GP2 development car and will help the GP2 engineers evaluate suspension set ups. It shows how up for it he is and how you can make things happen in top level motorsport if you have the imagination and determination to do so. This test required the permission of the FIA, the F1 testing committee and GP2.
GP2 series organiser Bruno Michel said, “It is an honour and a privilege for us to have seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher help us to develop our car. The goal of the GP2 Series is to prepare young drivers for Formula One. 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.”
Schumacher will start testing the new Mercedes F1 car on February 1 in Valencia.