Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher admitted his high-profile return to Formula One after a three-year absence was easier than he thought.
The 41-year-old German was third fastest in his Mercedes on the final day of testing here on Wednesday, just behind Ferrari’s former double world champion Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa.
“I thought it would need a bit more time but it went pretty quickly,” said Schumacher who put in a gruelling 82 laps. “I’m really happy. I had a good first day, with a rather short run (40 laps) on Monday.
“Today we had a full day. A little hydraulic leak has stopped us. But all in all, it’s very positive feedback.”
Schumacher was satisfied with the car’s performance. “The car is running smooth. I’m very positive. “I’m feeling quite good. The main focus right now is to look at the reliability, do as many laps as you can.”
Michael Schumacher returned to the cockpit after handing over his Mercedes to Nico Rosberg.