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Schumacher back for Ferrari next week 22 Feb 2008

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2007 Formula One Testing, Day Three, Jerez, Spain, 06 December 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008 Formula One Testing, Day Three, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday 21 February 2008. World © Bumstead/Sutton

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will return to testing action for Ferrari next week, when he participates in the team’s final pre-season test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Schumacher, who last tested in late 2007, will join Kimi Raikkonen in Spain on Monday, as Ferrari begin a three-day session to finalise their on-track preparations for the coming season with their F2008 machine.

Meanwhile, Ferrari wound up their current Barcelona session on Friday, with Felipe Massa and official tester Luca Badoer carrying out a full race-weekend simulation, starting with the third free practice session, followed by the three qualifying sessions and the Grand Prix, along with all the relevant trackside procedures.

Massa successfully completed the simulation. Badoer, however, had to stop in the final race stint because of an oil leak. Massa ultimately completed 95 laps, with a best time of 1m 20.508s, while Badoer managed 75, his fastest a 1m 21.808s.