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Schumacher to test F2007 again 10 Aug 2009

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 10 May 2009 Michael Schumacher (GER) tests a Ferrari F2007 at Mugello, Italy. July 31, 2009. © Ferrari

As his planned return to the Formula One cockpit draws ever closer, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is to ratchet up his preparations and get back behind the wheel of an F2007 this week. Schumacher has arranged a two-day test at the Italian track, Mugello, from Tuesday.

It follows the German's one-day stint in the two-year-old car, running on GP2 slick tyres, just over a week ago. Schumacher has set up the test with the Italian car manufacturer’s F1 Clienti department and is understood to be paying for the private session himself.

Ferrari had hoped to secure Schumacher a test of the current F60, but this was ruled out after rival teams objected to the plans, which would have broken 2009 regulations preventing in-season testing.

As well as this on-track work, Schumacher has been busy behind the scenes getting race ready for his return at the European Grand Prix later this month, where he is expected to deputise for the injured Felipe Massa.

He has visited Ferrari’s factory to familiarize himself with the F60's controls and to use the team’s simulator, while fitness training has already seen him lose three kilograms of weight.