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Why Schumacher had 'tough' time watching first F1 race at Mercedes

Mick Schumacher was a visible presence in the Mercedes garage during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, but the reserve driver admits that watching the race proved to be a difficult experience.

Mick Schumacher admits that he found it "very tough" to watch his first F1 race on the sidelines as a Mercedes reserve driver. The German was seen alongside team boss Toto Wolff in the garage during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, a race that proved challenging for drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. It wasn't just a difficult day for the drivers on track, though, as Schumacher did not necessarily enjoy the new experience of observing the event rather than taking part in it. When asked on the F1 Nation podcast how tough watching the race had been, Schumacher explained: "Very. I've been sat on this stool with my hands on my arms. "[It] felt like the day was never going to end, because I just wanted to jump into the car. But it's also another factor which proves to me and to myself that I really, really want this. "It shows that I'm not okay with not being in the car."

Schumacher learning from Mercedes debriefs

Despite not relishing being without a race seat, Schumacher is taking many positives from his new role at Mercedes, a team that he has past experience of after his father, Michael Schumacher, raced for the squad between 2010 and 2012. The 23-year-old hopes to carry the experience through to his next opportunity to race. "I'm a racing driver, I always will be a racing driver. So what is my aim? I want to drive," Schumacher explained. "But nonetheless, it has been already great to be able to learn from such great people, but also people that have been working with my dad in the past, so obviously there is this kind of connection. "I was with the team when I was 12 or 13 years old, in the debriefs, listening to them work, and to be back in the debrief with them now, it's definitely interesting, because I understand a lot more. "Hopefully I'll be able to take a lot of that with me to wherever my future brings me, hopefully in F1."

Schumacher on his future

While Schumacher is currently unsure about where his future lies, the driver is feeling comfortable within the Silver Arrows. "I don't know what the future brings," he added. "It's difficult to say. I feel very much at home at Mercedes, and therefore [I] definitely have to see what options I have for the upcoming season. "But also, I guess a lot of that will be shown as the year goes by."

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