Much to the chagrin of the anti-Schumacher Malcontents, Michael showed up for testing to shake down Ferrari’s bid on developing their 2008 car without Traction control. There are few drivers so strategically positioned to tell Ferrari what the cars were like before TC was re-introduced in 2001 and Michael was a willing test driver to help. Although Lauda and others have lambasted Michael for testing, I think t’s a good move to get as much of Michael’s car development knowledge as they can.
It comes as very little surprise that Michael was the fastest during testing at Barcelona. While different drivers have different setup’s fuel loads etc during testing, results can certainly vary and it is not indicative that other drivers weren’t as capable of putting in similar laps. But it was good to see Michael prove that he retired for personal reasons and not because Kimi proved to Michael that he’s not the best driver in F1 as stated in F1 Magazine by a certain PR guy at McLaren . Way to go Michael!