Mick Schumacher has asserted that Formula 1 personnel “haven’t seen the real Mick yet” as he bids to return to the grid.
Schumacher spent two seasons with the Haas squad but was dropped ahead of the current campaign.
The German’s tenure with the US-based outfit was marred by a handful of high-profile crashes, including major shunts last year in Saudi Arabia and Monaco.
Toward the end of last season’s campaign, Haas opted to sign Nico Hulkenberg in his place as it favoured experience over youth.
Schumacher found refuge with Mercedes and is currently working as its reserve driver, carrying out crucial simulator duties to assist the team’s recovery towards the front of the field.
While he is forced to deal with being on the sidelines, the 24-year-old has assured that he has not yet showcased his best abilities in F1.
"I am a driver and all I want is to win, but I also have to be realistic and keep going,” he told Sky Sports Germany.
"You haven't seen the real Mick yet.”
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Schumacher not giving up hope
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has already confirmed that finding Schumacher a seat on the grid will be a tall task for next year.
But the 2020 Formula 2 champion is not reliving hope that he could find himself racing in F1 next season or beyond.
"We have seen in the last two, three years that anything can change, even if contracts are in place," he said.
"So giving up hope is wrong. Hope is the last thing to disappear.”