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
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.
Tags: michael schumacher, F1 driver, formula 1, mercedes F1