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Schumacher on pole for kart races in Germany

Michael Schumacher moved to shake off more of the rust of his three year retirement at the weekend by racing karts.

After finishing just tenth at the wheel of his Mercedes in China, the seven time world champion reverted to 40 horse power at the Erftlandring circuit in Germany and set pole position in a Tony Kart for the 125cc KZ2 class.

The 41-year-old German won the first of two heats, but was beaten in the second.

Not only will Schumacher’s W01 chassis be a new one in Barcelona this weekend, the package has been updated for a longer wheelbase that should satisfy his desire for a less understeering car.

“I am hoping for a better race than I had in China and of course I would not mind having had better results so far,” he said.