Mick Schumacher has been reminiscing on his rookie Formula One season, admitting that several factors surprised him.
Mick Schumacher has conceded that many aspects of his debut season in Formula One differed from his initial expectations, both on and off the track.
Following his F2 championship victory in 2020, the German made the step up to Formula 1. Schumacher has frequently needed time to adjust in previous categories.
However, he has been astonished by how at ease he has felt on the track in F1, and he has also seen certain differences in the paddock that he had not anticipated.
“I had imagined that there would be more commotion in the paddock,” Schumacher told Auto Motor und Sport.
“The COVID situation has certainly defused that somewhat. I feel more comfortable than expected on the track. I feel accepted with open arms.”
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When asked if he had overestimated or underestimated something, Schumacher replied, “Nothing that comes to mind.”
“The car is of course a good deal faster than anything I had driven before. Getting to know the tyres was also a big point, because they are very different from Formula 2.
“And of course learning how to work together in such a big team.”
Schumacher believes his quicker adaptation in Formula 1 is due to the fact that he has now fulfilled his aim of reaching the top class.
“Maybe it’s because of the approach,” he said.
“You enter the junior formulae with the clear goal of progressing to the next class. In Formula 2, you always have the thought in the back of your mind: I hope I make it to Formula 1.
“Then, when you get to the top, you can put your shoulders down. You can only concentrate on the work that needs to be done. That’s why I felt comfortable here right from the start.”
In 2022, Schumacher will begin his second season with Haas and will also serve as a Ferrari backup driver.
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