Schumacher recharging batteries

The trying Formula 1 season having come to an end and waiting for the results of the traditional winter tests, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers are enjoying a few well-deserved rest days. Relaxation and leisurely pursuits are the order of the day: ...

The trying Formula 1 season having come to an end and waiting for the results of the traditional winter tests, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers are enjoying a few well-deserved rest days. Relaxation and leisurely pursuits are the order of the day: "Yesterday I was in Kerpen, the place where I was born," revealed Michael Schumacher.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"I feel great when I am there and I have had a good day. We went to see my father and some old friends and I had some time to drive the karts and please some fans; the perfect combination!"

Michael has always enjoyed driving karts; for him they are a real passion: "It's true," confirmed the German champion, "above all when I can also spend a pleasant time with my fans as happened yesterday during an event held by one of Ferrari's major sponsors, Vodafone."

"As expected, I was asked lots of questions about the state of my knee (injured playing football), about which some bad rumours have been circulating. In truth, it was only a minor problem, even if 'problem' is too big a word! Obviously I'll have to be careful and rest for a while before playing football again."

A training session with Manchester United was regretfully cancelled due to the problem: "I wanted to train with the lads but I like playing in a trouble-free state of mind and right now I have to be careful."

Skipping the training session has had a positive side though: "I am enjoying the fact that I have free time. It is good to recharge the batteries so that I am rested for the new Formula 1 season. So I will be doing what I have done in the past: not taking part in the winter tests. 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!"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari