Michael Schumacher still has neck problems image

Michael Schumacher has completed a three-day test of a development GP2 chassis and the Jerez circuit in Spain. He admitted to having slightly sore neck muscles after his second consecutive day of testing at the wheel of a GP2 car.

Many fans had hoped that Schumacher would return to F1 in 2009 as a replacement for Felipe Massa however problems with his neck saw him unfit to compete, with Giancarlo Fisichella stepping in to replace Massa instead.

Schumacher recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 24.621 seconds; however, it is hard to draw any meaningful conclusions regarding his ultimate pace because the series does not race at Jerez and the main point of the test was to try new parts.

“There is some minor muscular strain, but it’s completely normal. There will be an acclimatisation phase when I sit in the Formula One car at the beginning of February. In the past I have never managed to be able to train the muscles in the neck so that you feel nothing at all.”