DRIVER #7 // ART GRAND PRIX
How big is your family?
It’s not that big, on the Scottish side we’ve got some extended family which I don’t see much now, which is sad, and on the Korean side there’s quite a few people I see every now and again.
If you were an animal which one would it be?
A panda! They’re pretty chilled out, have a nice life and they’re very fluffy – which is something I value highly!
What’s your favourite pastime?
Watching racing? [laughs] Racing drivers always get asked this, but I have no life outside of racing!
Who would play you in a biopic about your life?
I’m inclined to say Jackie Chan? He’s getting on a bit old now, but he’s my Xbox gamertag so yeah, if that doesn’t make him my alter-ego I don’t know what does!
What was your best subject at school?
It used to be maths – nerd!
Tell us one thing nobody knows about you…
I’m running out of things, this is a common question! My life’s just on display…my first ever helmet design was purple and orange with purple flames! I saw another kid with flames, and thought “oh that looks cool, why not make them purple?” I didn’t have the budget for the suit…this is Jack Aitken: The Origins!
What’s your strangest talent or dinner-party trick?
I can bend my fingers back pretty far, it’s not very strange but I used to find it pretty entertaining to do that as a kid. It’s not that weird of a party trick, I can crack my knuckles but everyone can do that.
Favourite person to follow on social media?
Daniel Ricciardo! Legend.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard over the team radio?
It was when I thought I did a really good lap in quali, and then I hear “oh you’re P18!”
Favourite moment of a race?
It depends. It can be the start if it’s a boring race, but I like to have battles with people so any time where you’re really close with the other drivers.
What’s three things that your engineer keeps telling you to do?
It’s usually “push now”! He likes to remind me to do all the boring stuff, box and pit limiter…and he “um”s a lot!
What’s your usual reaction to “let’s take a group selfie?”
Get in the middle! Prime spot – track position is vital.
Have you ever been on your own Wikipedia page?
I have! I was sad for a while because I didn’t have one, but it turned up and I thought I must have made it! I haven’t read it recently, but it’s pretty bare-bones, not very interesting…
What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
My dreams tend to be quite long, so I can give an excerpt. I was in an underwater maze system, and my best friend was trying to stab me. So I don’t know what that says, we’re still great friends, so no prophecies or anything like that!
Where do you keep your trophies?
It’s a bit sad, because they started off in my room, but then they started spilling out – some went to teams, but we moved house last year and found we had nowhere to put them, so they’re all in storage.