Schumacher Takes First Pole Position of 2010... in Karting
After barely finishing 10th in the Chinese Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher decided to further add to his training programme for the upcoming race in Barcelona by competing in a kart race on the Erftlandring circuit in Germany. Driving a Tony Kart prepared machine in the 125cc KZ2 class, the German topped the qualifying session and converted it into a win in the first heat.
The second heat was not as satisfying for the Mercedes GP driver, as he only finished in 2nd place. Nevertheless, it provided him with a great opportunity to get into shape – and into racing spirit – before the start of the European season in Formula One, at Circuit de Catalunya.
While admitting that he struggled quite a lot with his Mercedes W01 in the first 4 races of the season, Schumacher revealed that his expectations for the Spanish GP are not very high. Although he'll drive a completely new chassis in Barcelona – longer wheelbase being the major change – aimed at tackling his understeering problems this year, the 41-year old argued his team will not be fighting for podiums just yet.
Instead, he did admit that the developments put in place by his team for the upcoming race are important and will lead to some steps forwards, closing the gap on the championship's frontrunners.
Mercedes GP are currently 4th in the manufacturers classification, 13 points behind Red Bull Racing and 14 points clear of Renault.