Michael Schumacher has started his preparations for his Formula One return by getting behind the wheel of a GP2 car to begin a three-day testing session. The 41-year-old German driver came out of retirement to drive for Mercedes this year, but didn’t have an ideal start Tuesday as cold and windy conditions meant Schumacher could only run very limited mileage on slick tires.
Schumacher, a record seven-time world champion, is taking part in tests with the F1 feeder series to help with the development of the 2011 GP2 car.
With offseason F1 testing limited, Schumacher is also using the sessions to prepare for his return.
American Nicky Hayden will have to make amends on the track after admitting on Tuesday he had ruined the launch of Ducati’s new MotoGP bike by posting pictures of it on his own website.
“When I saw the bike I took a picture on my phone. I should have known better, I was like a kid,” Hayden told reporters ahead of the season opener in Qatar on April 11. “I just put a picture on my website. It probably got me in the doghouse.”
Hayden believes the departure of team principal Livio Suppo for Honda will not adversely affect Ducati this season, especially given the strengths of the new bike.
“I like the bike. Another off-season with the team will be a big help for me,” said the 28-year-old, who is in his second year at Ducati and has brothers racing in Superbikes and the American championship.