Ferrari have written to the FIA and all its rival teams requesting special dispensation for Michael Schumacher to undertake a day's testing in the team's F60 challenger before his return to Formula One in the European grand prix at Valencia on 23 August.
Regulations forbid any testing during the season apart from strictly controlled straight-line runs to check out aerodynamic development. It is believed that Ferrari will request on safety grounds that the seven-time world champion should be allowed to become acquainted with his new machine before the meeting rather than being pitchforked into the frenzy of Friday's first qualifying session on an unfamiliar Valencia circuit.
Schumi visits Massa
Michael Schumacher visited injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa in a Budapest hospital on Saturday, a day after starting testing for his return to Formula One racing with the Italian team.