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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Practice: Michael Schumacher Shows Good Form

Michael Schumacher is back, and if his performance in the practice sessions at the F1 season-opener Bahrain Grand Prix is any indication, he might just end up with his eight driver’s title by the end of the year. Schumacher placed third in the practice sessions on Friday behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and McLaren rider Lewis Hamilton.

Despite his generally good practice run, Schumacher admitted that he was still far from the form that made him a seven-time world champion and the most dominant F1 driver of the decade. “You certainly could tell from some details that I’m still missing some of the routine. I’ll have to get that over the weekend, so I still have a bit of work to do,” he said in assessing how he fared in his first practice runs since retiring three years ago.

Reigning world champion Jenson Button of McLaren placed fourth, while last year’s Driver’s Title runner up Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top five. Button won the Bahrain Grand Prix last year en route to taking six of the first seven races. The qualifying round is set for Saturday with the actual race following the next day.