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Schumacher concludes Jerez test

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14/01/2010

Michael Schumacher concluded a three-day GP2 development test today in Jerez today, where improved weather conditions offered the possibility to run in slick tyres for the majority of the day.

The Mercedes driver completed 130 laps (576kms) today which brings the total amount of distance covered to 1151kms in three days. This morning, the German ran for 23 laps on wet tyres before switching to slicks for the rest of the day. Today's session included three long runs of 20 laps each. He set his best lap-time of the day (1:24.621) on his last run.

"I could really drive a lot on this last day of testing and it worked out perfectly," said the German. "I am very happy with the way testing went here: we worked well, times and consistency were well, we could do everything we had scheduled to do. I feel fit, I felt comfortable immediately back in the car... hey, let's go for it!""

"This has been a fantastic opportunity for the GP2 Series and everyone involved in the competition," added GP2 Series organiser Bruno Michel. "Michael's analysis and feedback has been fantastic and the GP2 technical staff working with him this week is positive that what has been learned from this development test will provide us with an even better car in 2011.

"We are very happy that Michael chose our car to get his sensations back at the wheel of a high-performance machine and that he stated that it was the closest thing to a current Formula 1 car. He made a few comments comparing the GP2 and the F1 cars notably regarding their handling.

We are now looking forward the second round of the GP2 Asia Series next month in Abu Dhabi and we would like to wish Michael all the best for his return to Formula One."

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