Schumacher Fires Up Best Time in Last Day at Jerez
However, the clear sky on Thursday – although joined by some strong winds in the afternoon – gave the 41-year old German the opportunity to run for an overall 130 laps on the Spanish track (more than he had completed in the previous 2 days all-together) setting the fastest time of 1:24.621. While testing on wet spec tires in the morning, Schu switched on slicks in the afternoon.
Apparently, his best lap time was only 4 tenths of a second slower than the overall record of the Spanish track, set by current BMW Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi back in 2008.
“I could really drive a lot on this last day of testing and it worked out perfectly. I am very happy with the way testing went here: we worked well, times and consistency were well, we could do everything we had scheduled to do. I feel fit, I felt comfortable immediately back in the car – hey, let’s go for it!” said Schu, forgetting all about the slight neck pain he felt on Wednesday.
GP2 Series organiser Bruno Michel was also happy with how the test ended on Thursday, praising Schumacher for his strong run and thanking him for supporting the development programme of the GP2 championship.
“This has been a fantastic opportunity for the GP2 Series and everyone involved in the competition. Michael Schumacher’s analysis and feedback was fantastic and the GP2 technical staff who has been working with him this week is positive that what has been learned from this development test will provide us with an even better car in 2011,” said Michel.