Sunday 9 August 2009

Ferrari's 2009 model: F1 legend Schumacher in top condition

Raring to go: Michael Schumacher

Raring to go: Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher may be coming out of retirement, but he looked in peak physical condition on Thursday after a second day of kart racing in Italy to prepare for his Formula One comeback.

The 40-year-old German has embarked on a rigorous training regime which has resulted in him losing over six pounds in weight.

'We had two very good karting days,' the seven-time world champion said. 'Arms, upper body, shoulders, neck - an excellent practice indeed.'

Earlier this week he had voiced concerns about a neck problem sustained in a motorbike accident in February, claiming it 'pinches a bit', but he seems to be back in rude health.

Schumacher has agreed to fill in at Ferrari while Brazilian Felipe Massa recovers from a freak accident in qualifying at last month's Hungarian Grand Prix.

He is not allowed to use Ferrari's F60 car before the European Grand Prix in Valencia on August 23 because track testing during the season is banned.

Schumacher is to undergo medical checks next week to determine whether he is fit enough to return.

Not a great start: Michael Schumacher

Not a great start: Michael Schumacher has to push his cart at the South Garda Karting track in Lonato, Italy


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