Doctors Optimistic of Schumacher's Fitness

Michael Schumacher may have agreed to step in for the injured Felipe Massa and make his return to Formula One, but it is only to the doctors when the 7-time world champion will actually get to race the Ferrari F60 this year. The German made no secret from the fact that he's not physically fit to racing at the moment, but will undergo a complete fitness programme in the upcoming 3 weeks aimed at solving that problem.

Whether the former Ferrarian will succeed or not, we can't really tell – although it's pretty obvious everyone is optimistic about it – but the first news coming from the Bad-Nauheim sportklinic in Germany are quite reassuring.

Dr Johannes Peil, the very doctor who treated Schu after his neck injury sustained in a motorcycle crash earlier this year, is very confident that his patient will be ready to race in no time. The German actually revealed that Schumacher wouldn't have decided to make his F1 return in the first place hadn't he known he was already in good shape.

It's only because Michael has worked so hard in recent months that all of this is possible,” confirmed Peil in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper.

The 40-year old German hasn't driven an F1 car since testing a Ferrari F2008 in Barcelona last year, and is yet to experience F1's new challengers. Although in-season testing is prohibited under the new FIA rule book, Schu is believed to have found a way to do a few laps with last year's car in the upcoming weeks.

According to The Tagesspiegel newspaper, Schu may use Ferrari's “F1 Clienti” department – specialized in operating former grand prix cars for wealthy enthusiasts – to do a few laps with the F2008. Although it won't be won't be quite like racing the F60, he'll still be able to test the slick tires he's so crazy about and get used to racing without traction control.
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