Former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher did what he does best yesterday, by clocking up the third fastest lap time in Valencia. The testing programme ahead of the Formula One 2010 campaign marked the return to racing by the German, and it seems his three-year absence behind the cockpit hasn’t caused any ill-effect. His best lap time of 1min 12.947 sec also saw him beat his Mercedes GP teammate Nico Rosberg, whilst the day also witnessed the return to action of Felipe Massa.
Even at 41, it is still foolish to suggest the seven-times world champion is no longer cut out to compete on the circuit. Schumacher has already admitted that he still has that hunger like before, and on yesterday’s showing in Spain, he still possesses that archetypal German trait: determination. Away from the circuit the German dedicates his time to playing a number of other sports, which on evidence in Valencia, has kept him in sound shape.
Schumacher reminisced after racing yesterday saying that it was like making his debut all over again. If that is the case, then Schumacher may indeed have the fire in his belly to achieve something extraordinary in the Formula One 2010 season. On first showing, he still has the talent.