MercedesGP and the GP2 Series have just confirmed that Michael Schumacher will take part in a three day test at the wheel of the GP2 development car at Jerez, starting tomorrow.
Reports coming out of Germany’s Bild suggested the test would take place in one of the Super Nova team’s GP2 cars, however this confusion seems to have been born of the fact that GP2 Series organisers have secured the services of three Super Nova mechanics for the test days, in order to help the GP2 team and Schumacher himself make the most of the three day test.
As I suggested when initial reports of a Schumacher GP2 test emerged, the sole option was only ever going to be an official development test, as GP2 regulations forbid singular team testing outside official GP2 tests and there would have been an almight uproar from Super Nova’s rival teams had they been allowed special dispensation.
Schumacher’s test isn’t just about getting Michael back to fitness in a single-seater however, as GP2 organisers are hard at work with preparations for their third generation car to run between 2011 and 2013 and with finalising clutch and suspension developments for the forthcoming season.
GP2 Series Organiser Bruno Michel was clearly delighted to have the seven-time F1 champion taking to the wheel of one of his cars.
“Today’s test marks a milestone for the GP2 Series. It is an honour and a privilege for us to have seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher help us to develop our car. The goal of the GP2 Series is to prepare young drivers for Formula One. This test will prove to be very important for the future of our GP2 drivers and will be a confirmation of the high-standards and competitiveness of our Series. Michael’s input and advice will be invaluable. I am confident that his knowledge and unparalleled driving skills will help us to develop a great car for next season.”
The test has been approved by the FIA, GP2 Series and F1 Testing Committee.