Schumacher trains for F1 return by karting

With his test in a 2009 Ferrari F60 blocked, Michael Schumacher (right) instead turned to an Italian karting circuit to continue his preparation for his formula one comeback. Accompanied by Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer, the 40-year-old German travelled to the Lonato circuit in Italy.

“Karting has a very good training effect, that is why today I just jumped into a testing day of the Tony Kart team in Lonato,” he said on his official website “There is nothing better for my preparations at the moment — in terms of steering wheel forces for example karting is even more difficult than formula one,” Schumacher explained.

The high ambient temperatures, meanwhile, pleased the local photographers, who were able to capture the results of Schumacher’s weight-loss and training efforts as he walked the paddock topless. “The fact that it has been boiling hot here is simulating the temperatures expected for Valencia,” added the seven times F1 Champion.

Yesterday Schumacher thanked his fans fro their support with regards to his highly publciised comeback: “I really would like to thank all my fans who keep their fingers crossed for my plans for all the positive feedback. It’s incredible how much support I get from all over the world in these days. It almost feels like as if a flush of positive energy is coming over me. Compliments to all of you!

I’m currently in the midst of my preparations for the upcoming race. I already lost three kilograms even if it is also important to me to build up muscles. So all in all, the practice works pretty well. I only have to admit that my neck pinches a bit. We have to get a grip on that as health has priority – that’s the clear arrangement made with Ferrari and, by the way, with my wife, too.

It’s on! I accepted the challenge. And as you all know, I really love challenges. It seems as if my fans would love them, too.”