Michael Schumacher says he and the Mercedes Grand Prix team are aiming to win both championships this year.
In an interview on his official website Schumacher said:
The constellation we have here is pretty unique – with Ross and his world championship winning team, with the know-how of Mercedes, with the best engine at the moment and we want to use that. We have a clear aim: we want to win the championships. That’s what we will fight for from the beginning. That is my personal standard too.
He denied the neck injury which kept him from returning to F1 last year was still a concern:
The after-effects of that accident are gone since long, that’s why I was sure that the neck would not cause any problems. This was one year ago, that’s over. No, I am practising since December physically very carefully and feel extremely fresh and fit. That was one of the reasons why I felt so good in the car in Jerez. But then, Formula 1 is another thing, the g-forces are higher, that’s not really comparable. That is why I look forward so much to testing in February. Only then the old feeling will be completely back. I can’t wait to be back there.
Schumacher returned to the cockpit in a GP2 car last week and the used the opportunity to get used to slick tyres – which he last used in F1 in 1997 – and complete a race simulation:
The test was super, I can’t tell differently. We have been handicapped a bit because of the weather in the first two days but on the third day we could do a lot and even simulate a race on slicks. It went better than I had expected. I immediately felt well in the car, it was as if I never was gone.
Mercedes will reveal the colour scheme of their 2010 F1 car in Germany on Monday, a week before testing begins at the Valencia circuit.
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