Michael Schumacher has been pleasantly surprised by the desire within his new Mercedes team.
Schumacher is now fully immersed in preparations for his Formula One comeback, with the 41-year-old recently spending a couple of days at the team's factory in Brackley.
Despite the success enjoyed by the marque last season, winning the drivers' and constructors' titles in its former guise as Brawn GP, Schumacher's eyebrows were raised.
"I spent time getting to know the engineers and structures a bit better," said the seven-times world champion.
"I was extremely surprised at how motivated everybody was.
"This is a world champion team but it does not seem to be spoilt by success at all.
"Instead it seems to be hungry for more."
Schumacher also paid a visit to Mercedes' engine factory in Brixworth, and for once was happy to be surrounded by a number of fellow Germans.
After his years spent at Benetton and, in particular, Ferrari, he said: "I have to say I am very impressed about the high level you see there.
"The people seem to be highly motivated as well, and I find that encouraging as it perfectly fits my personal mood."
Speaking on his personal website, http://www.michael-schumacher.de, he added: "What I also liked was that you hear a lot of people speaking German there.
"That is nice for once. I am not used to that at my work, and I find it quite convenient."