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Exclusive Interview with Michael Schumacher



Formula One former World Champion Michael Schumacher and Now Mercedes Grand prix Driver is making his come back to the racetrack this year after a three year absence from the pinnacle of Motorsport. Due to the new system that confines Formula One testing to a huge degree, Michael was newly behind the wheel of a GP2 development car in an attempt to get back up to speed.


Speaking on his official website, the German racer spoke about the recent test, how he felt afterwards, and just what stimulated his come back to energetic competition


Michael, it has been a little while since you last tested a car for several days and even though it wasn’t a Formula One car, a GP2 car comes close. How was it?


The test was super, I can’t tell differently. We have been handicapped a bit because of the weather in the first two days but on the third day, we could do a lot and even simulate a race on slicks. It went better than I had expected. I immediately felt well in the car, it was as if I never was gone.


Did you have any after-effects, especially in your neck, after the motorbike accident last year?


The after-effects of that accident are gone since long, that’s why I was sure that the neck would not cause any problems. This was one year ago, that’s over. No, I am practicing since December physically very carefully and feel extremely fresh and fit. That was one of the reasons why I felt so good in the car in Jerez. Then, Formula 1 is another thing, the g-forces are higher, that’s not comparable. That is why I look forward so much to testing in February. Only then, the old feeling will be completely back. I can’t wait to be back there.


Many people thought you’d come back after a year but you waited 3 years. Why?


Because we want to achieve something together. The constellation we have here is unique – with Ross and his world championship winning team, with the know-how of Mercedes, with the best engine now -, and we want to use that. We have a clear aim: we want to win the championships. That’s what we will fight for from the beginning. That is my personal standard too.


But haven’t you said repeatedly that you could not imagine returning to F1 at all?


Yes, and I couldn’t. After my retirement at the end of 2006, I was very happy, I felt relieved, just like freed. I enjoyed that feeling because especially in the last 2 years F1 had demanded a great deal from me – not the racing that I loved during all the time, but all those things which relate to living under constant observation. It did me extremely well to be quiet for those 3 years. It really is as if my batteries were fully loaded. My energy is back completely. I really notice how the prickle is coming, how motivated I am because I so much look forward to this competition. It is about time to start this whole thing.



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