• Jan 16, 2010

Schumacher GP2 test at Jerez – Click above for high-res image gallery

Driving a formula racing car might seem like second nature for a driver like Michael Schumacher, but like a great many things in life, if you don't use it, you lose it. So the seven-time World Champion has been eager to get back behind the wheel. Trouble is, there's a test ban in place in Formula One. The solution? The next best thing: a GP2 car.

Over the past few days, the returning champion has been at the Jerez track in Spain driving a developmental test car for the GP2 Series, fielded by the Super Nova team. For Schumacher, it's an opportunity to get some valuable seat time in a competitive single-seater ahead of his highly anticipated return to F1 with Mercedes. For GP2, it's a chance to test a number of new components and chassis set-up arrangements at the hand of a seasoned pro before the season kicks off.

So how has Schumi been doing? Spectacularly, of course. Despite a damp surface, he's been less than a second off the fastest time ever set by a GP2 car around the track, and this is only his first time driving one. There have been some reports that Michael's injured neck – which kept him from filling in for Felipe Massa last season – has been giving him some trouble, but so far it seems to be holding up just fine. Check out the mega gallery of high-resolution images below for a closer look.

[Source: GP2]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm, that white suit he's wearing looks an awful lot like the Stig's...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see him driving a F1 car, I'm sure this coming season is going to be awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      ooooold video.........i guess it is slow sat.........
      • 4 Years Ago
      strange they did not put the link to the video of him driving the car
      • 4 Years Ago
      How's his neck standing up the G-forces, heard he broke it last time he drove a f1 car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You heard wrong (and obviously don't know much about F1).

        He didn't break his neck, he fractured a vertebrae from a crash while racing motorbikes in early 2009. The last test he had in an F1 car caused his neck problems because it wasn't fully healed yet, but now it is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck...just put a GP2 body on an F1 car (yah yah I know...F1 are CF tubs...but still), call it a developmental GP2 and go test....
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW i was in the same city as Michael Schumacher yesterday and the day before that? COOL!!! This sounds so ridiculous lol!