Record seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher isn’t always comfortable at the wheel. He gets motion sickness in racing car simulators.
Schumacher has had to limit time preparing for races in the simulators because of the ailment, which he’s had throughout his career, according to a statement released by his spokeswoman Sabine Kehm today. It was first reported yesterday by f1today.nl, a Dutch website.
Simulators became more important to Formula One drivers in the series since in-season testing was banned in 2009 to cut costs. Schumacher, 42, made a comeback last season after three years away, failing to win any of the 19 races and repeatedly trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
Schumacher finished ninth overall in the championship, two places below 25-year-old Rosberg.
“The condition has not adversely affected Michael’s race preparation or his competitiveness with regard to his teammate,” the statement said. He and his engineers have made the simulation work “effective.”
Drivers use simulations of racetracks to familiarize themselves before Grands Prix. Four new circuits were added since Schumacher left after the 2006 season.
He won five straight titles with Ferrari through 2004.