1 Aug 2009

Schumacher could get to test car ahead of his first race back

1:21 pm on 1 August 2009

Michael Schumacher could test this year's Ferrari ahead of his return to Formula 1 motor racing.

Under F1 rules, drivers are not allowed to test current cars, but the F1 Teams' Association (Fota) members have agreed to let Schumacher test for one day.

However, F1's governing body, the FIA, must still sanction the decision.

The 40-year-old seven-time world champion is to stand in for Felipe Massa who suffered a fractured skull in an accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Schumacher began his preparations for his return to F1 by testing a 2007 Ferrari at the team's Mugello test track today.

He says it was a great feeling to be back in an F1 car, and after a few laps, he was able to drive constant times and he's quite happy with the time he did.

Schumacher, who retired at the end of the 2006 season, had not driven an F1 car since April 2008. His first race will be the European Grand Prix in Valencia in 3 weeks.