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GP Week : Issue 57
Schumacher ba and already cre controversy return to the sport two and a half years after hanging up his helmet, in place of the injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari. The seven-time World I Champion has, however, already had to overcome a number of obstacles which stood in the way of his comeback. And, as one might expect with the enigma that is Michael Schumacher, he’s already managed to stir up some controversy along the way. The first obstacle was his superlicense, which was understood to have lapsed since his official retirement from Formula 1. However, under FIA regulations a superlicense may be granted to a driver with a suitably impressive history in motor racing. As a seven-time champion, that was never really in any doubt ... By far the greatest hurdle for the 40-year-old Schumacher has been the question of his ultimate fitness. The German injured his neck in a motorbike racing accident earlier in the season and, as such, there were some questions over whether the injury had healed to a sufficient level as to allow him to deal with the high G-forces at work in modern-day F1. T’S official. The most successful driver in the history of Formula 1 is set to make an incredible With the Ferrari factory on an enforced mid-season shutdown under current F1 regulations, Schumacher therefore made a return to the wheel of an F1 car in a historic F2007 at the Mugello circuit in order to assess his fitness. This test, however, has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that the F2007 had been fitted with slick tyres. Schumacher later confirmed that the tyres in use had been GP2 Bridgestone Potenza slick tyres, but it is understood that the FIA is investigating the exact specification of tyre used and whether their use has infringed F1’s strict testing ban. Meanwhile, Ferrari has written to all rival teams to request that Schumacher be allowed to test the team’s current F1 car, the F60., for a day. Although it is understood that FOTA has agreed to the request it remains unclear as to whether Force India and Williams, who still remains outside FOTA, will be so forthcoming. Also questionable is Ferrari’s reasoning for the test as their initial request was to use the run “in order to properly evaluate the possibility for his comeback,” something which his day in the F2007 should have done adequately. At the same time, it is interesting to note that Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari was