Mick Schumacher has admitted that certain aspects of his rookie season in F1 differed from his initial expectations, both on and off the circuit.
The German stepped up to Formula 1 off the back of his F2 championship victory in 2020. In previous categories, Schumacher has often take some time to adjust.
However, he has been surprised by how comfortable he has felt on the track in F1, and has also noticed some differences in the paddock to what he had 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 whether there was anything he had overestimated or underestimated, Schumacher explained: "Nothing that comes directly 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."
In terms of his faster adaptation in Formula 1 than in other series, Schumacher believes this may be due to the fact that he has now achieved his goal 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."
Schumacher will embark on his second year in the sport with Haas in 2022, and will also hold reserve driver duties for Ferrari.
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