Schumacher raring to go

Six time world champion Michael Schumacher insists he will be "raring to go" when he returns to the cockpit in January, and has shrugged off reports that a knee problem could affect his efforts to add to his record-shattering feats next season

Schumacher raring to go

Speaking at a Vodafone karting event in his home town of Kerpen in Germany, Schumacher says he is enjoying his break away from F1, but is already eyeing his test return in January.

"I am enjoying the fact that I have free time," he said. "It is good to recharge the batteries so that I am rested for the new Formula 1 season. So I will be doing what I have done in the past - not taking part in the winter tests. I would like to take part, but I am sure that when January comes round and I get into the cockpit again, I will be raring to go!"

Michael also took the opportunity to dismiss speculation that the knee injury that caused him to miss a training session with Manchester United football team recently could harm his pre-season preparations.

"As expected, I was asked lots of questions about the state of my knee - about which some bad rumours have been circulating," said Schumacher. "In truth, it was only a minor problem, even if 'problem' is too big a word! Obviously I'll have to be careful and rest for a while before playing football again. I wanted to train with the lads but I like playing in a trouble-free state of mind and right now I have to be careful."

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