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Schumacher expecting 'enlightening' Mercedes reaction

After spending his first race weekend with Mercedes as a reserve driver at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher is keen to watch how the team bounce back from their struggles.

Mick Schumacher is expecting an "enlightening" few weeks ahead with Mercedes as the team look to move forwards from their struggles in Bahrain. Having joined the squad as a reserve driver for 2023, Schumacher watched on with Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell ended the season-opening race in P5 and P7 respectively. Being on the sidelines was a new experience for Schumacher, with the German having raced with Haas in 2021 and 2022. "It's been very enlightening, if I can say that," he told the F1 Nation podcast. "It's been very interesting for me to see racing from a different perspective. Obviously, I have never really encountered this side of it. "[There has been] a lot that I could already take on board, and hopefully a lot that I'll be able to use in the future."

Schumacher backs Mercedes to bounce back

After joining the team in the post-race debrief, Schumacher suggested that morale had remained high despite the difficulties in Sakhir. "I think that everybody's keeping the positivity high," the 23-year-old said. "Everybody's trying to really focus on the positives and really looking ahead to hopefully turning things around soon." Given Mercedes' past success in F1, Schumacher feels confident that the team have the pedigree to bounce back from their tough start to the year. "I think, in general, Mercedes have always proven to be one of the best teams to bring upgrades and turn things around," Schumacher explained. "Therefore I think Lewis can be upbeat and positive, and I'm a strong believer [in] the team, otherwise I probably wouldn't have chosen this direction [for my career]. "Also seeing how Toto works in his position is quite incredible, and I'm excited to see how the next few weeks are going to look, because I'm sure it's going to be very enlightening for me, too. "Obviously, they're in a spot where they don't really want to be, because they're used to a lot more. "But the work definitely hasn't stopped, and it's going to properly start now."

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