Schumacher, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and 2020 Formula 2 champion, moved to F1 last year with the backmarker team Haas.
Haas has chosen not to develop his car for 2021 so he can focus all of his resources on the new technical regulations for 2022, resigning him at the back of the grid and a scoreless season.
But Schumacher was able to show signs of decent progress in his debut F1 season, especially towards the end of the year.
He beat rookie teammate Nikita Mazepin in all but three races both cars completed, and topped Mazepin in 20 of 22 races.
Haas F1 boss Gunther Steiner admitted he found the team’s late-season progress “very strange”, but Schumacher said it was a “huge boost” ahead of a season where he hoped for a big step forward with the new car.
“The car looks very positive, from what I see and hear,” Schumacher told Autosport.
“So I have high expectations. I hope they will meet my expectations next year on the track.
Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21
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The 2022 car will be the first design that Schumacher has been able to have any influence in development, having raced in special series throughout his junior career.
Schumacher explained that he enjoys the challenge of playing a technical role and helping set the direction of the new car, allowing the team to tailor it to both his and Mazepin’s demands.
“It’s always something that has interested me for so many years, how things work in general, and especially how a Formula 1 car works,” said Schumacher.
“I’m pretty involved with what the car does next year (2022), and I just want to figure it out and see all the CAD models and stuff. So there are certainly a lot of points that I look forward to analyzing at the start of next year.
“It was great to work with the team at the factory, to be able to give my own feedback on how I would like the car to be. [like].
“This is the first time that a car will in some way be built for me, and not for everyone. It is very precise on our measurements and our helmets, so that everything works harmoniously together.