DRIVER #12 // BWT ARDEN
How big is your family?
How big? I have my father, my mum, and one brother who is older than me – he’s 23 years old.
If you were an animal which one would it be?
This is a hard question! I would like to be a cat, because you know the cat is always sleeping and they relax all the time…
What’s your favourite pastime?
Listening to music is my favourite thing to do. I like lots of kinds of music, but for me it’s The Chainsmokers.
Who would play you in a biopic about your life?
Like in a film? I’ve got to say Tom Cruise, maybe he’s my size!
What was your best subject at school?
Nothing! Can I answer nothing? I was bad at everything…
Tell us one thing nobody knows about you…
What?! I have no secrets in my life! Do you have some secrets, maybe? I can’t think of anything…
What’s your strangest talent or dinner-party trick?
What do you mean, by strangest? What did Tadasuke (Makino) say?
F2: He said he could do some magic tricks…
He’s a liar! [laughs] How do I say that in English, walking with hands? [Nirei then proceeds to get up to perform a handstand before sitting back down]
Favourite person to follow on Twitter/Instagram?
Tada said me, didn’t he! My favourite is…let me check! [scrolls through phone] Hmm…I don’t have any to be honest, but my answer is “some girls”! [laughs] Can I answer with that please?
What is the worst thing you’ve ever heard over the radio?
I think this one was in Bahrain, it was at the end of the race when I heard “you are P18, you are P18”!
Favourite moment of a race?
Heh, this is…many things are my favourite. My answer is the start, I always enjoy the start.
Name one thing that your engineer keeps telling you to do?
Well for this year, I have a new engineer so I don’t know him well! His favourite words are “be careful”!
What’s your usual reaction to “let’s take a group selfie?”
“Yeaaaah!” [does peace sign with hand] Peace! Something like this…
Have you ever been on your own Wikipedia page?
Yes! I have seen it, and I think basically everything is correct. I saw only the Japanese one though…
What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
Okay, this is a good question, I had so many dreams in my life. Actually, this one was f*cking scary, I had a dream where there was a girl with long hair, and a long dress, and she’s following me everywhere! I tried to run far from her but she kept following, this was strange and very scary, and when I woke up I was like *heavy breathing*, my heart rate was so high when I woke up!
Where do you keep your trophies?
I give them to the team. Hopefully I can keep some for myself…