Schumacher keen to get back on track

Schumacher keen to get back on track

After a visit to Ferrari's Maranello base last week, Michael Schumacher is getting impatient to return to the track. It was the six-time champion's first visit since the end of the season and he met up with Ferrari team principal Jean Todt,...

After a visit to Ferrari's Maranello base last week, Michael Schumacher is getting impatient to return to the track. It was the six-time champion's first visit since the end of the season and he met up with Ferrari team principal Jean Todt, designer Rory Byrne and head of the engine department Paolo Martinelli. Discussions included the development of Ferrari's 2004 challenger, which Schumacher is eager to try.

Michael Schumacher signs autographs.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
"It was great to be back in Maranello for the first time since Suzuka," said Schumacher. "Meeting up with Jean, Rory and Paolo has made me even keener to get back on track, especially as they told me so much about the new car, which sounds really promising."

"I keep in regular contact with them but today I was able to see the latest developments in the project for myself. We are still right in the middle of preparations for next year, but already I can feel the desire to go racing again."

The German has been relaxing with his family but found time to see fans and drive karts in his hometown of Kerpen recently. Schumacher will not be present at the first tests of the winter, due to start next week, but will be back behind the wheel in the new year. "I would like to take part but I am sure that when January comes round and I get into the cockpit again, I will be raring to go!" He commented.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Jean Todt , Paolo Martinelli
Teams Ferrari