Rumours are rife in the F1 world that Michael Schumacher is paying to borrow an F2007 so he can carry on testing on the GP2-spec slick tyres.
New regulations, including the introduction of KERS and slick tyres, will raise fresh challenges for the seven times world champion driver.
However, after rival teams blocked Ferrari’s request for testing exemption to allow Schumacher to drive and F60, the driving ace has apparently taken matters into his own hand – and put his hand in his own wallet – to loan the F2007 from Ferrari’s historic Clienti department.
Having already conducted one day in the F2007, loaned by the F1 Clienti historic cars division, last month, Schumacher has requested the loan of the car once again so he can conduct two more days of running, on the GP2-spec tyres that the historic cars normally run on. His test will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to a report in Autosport.com, sources have revealed that Schumacher is paying for the test himself, which will be overseen by members of the Clienti department and not involve Ferrari F1 team members.
Since confirming he will be making an F1 return, Schumacher has been pushing himself hard to get back to race fitness. He spent time testing karts at Lonato and has been working on his strength and endurance.
Schumacher’s progress is being overseen by doctors, who are keeping a close eye on his condition and have been conducting a series of medical tests to ensure he is ready for an F1 return in Valencia in two weeks time.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team