The first F1 test session for the 2010 season is still three weeks away, but returning champion, Michael Schumacher, has already got behind the wheel of a GP2 Series car for a test session at Jerez, Spain. Schumacher is driving the GP2 development car from today, through to Thursday.
The seven-time world champion will be assisting in development of the next-generation GP2 car.
The GP2 series has proved time and again to be the closest comparison to a modern day Formula 1 car, with drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock, Nico Hulkenberg and Heikki Kovaleinnen all making the graduation from GP2 to Formula 1.
Schumacher’s test this week, is further vindication of GP2’s status as the top series outside of Formula 1, with cars capable of lapping within 4 seconds of a front running Formula 1 team. Indian racing ace Karun Chandhok currently competes in the GP2 series.