#16 // ARJUN MAINI
#17 // ALESSIO LORANDI
Describe your teammate in one word.
Arjun: You start! Actually, how about…crazy? [laughs]
Alessio: Oh, come on!
Arjun: I’m joking!
Alessio: Maybe that’s another teammate…
Arjun: No, but he’s fast. So, fast.
Alessio: It’s difficult with just one word! I need to find the right one…I think he’s respectful, which is important.
Arjun: What? Okay, maybe…
Alessio: It’s true!
If your teammate was a superhero, who would they be?
Arjun: Ah…I would say The Flash, because he’s fast!
Alessio: Hah, I’m stuck again!
Arjun: It’s easy, you know my favourite superhero.
Alessio: Who is it?
Arjun: The Green Arrow.
Alessio: Ah! Then I’ll say…Captain America!
Arjun: No! [laughs for an obscenely long time]
Alessio: I don’t know if you want that! You know, I don’t know many superheroes…
Arjun: [interrupts] Just say Green Arrow!
Alessio: I’ll say Green Arrow then, he loves Arrow.
If you could steal one quality from your teammate, which one would it be?
Alessio: Yeah? Okay…I think…[pauses]
Arjun: [cuts into the pause] Hah, thanks mate!
Alessio: I would like to be as clean as him!
Alessio: Yeah, like you use all deodorants and you smell good!
Arjun: [laughs] Please don’t print that! Alessio…
Alessio: But seriously, he’s using tons of deodorant, between me and him there’s a difference…
Arjun: Oh my god…
Alessio: Hey, one of us has to give the funny answers!
Who needs the longest warm-up before jumping in the car?
Arjun: I think he needs to cool down before jumping in the car!
Alessio: [laughs] Don’t tell the story!
Arjun: I won’t!
Alessio: But seriously, I think we’re equal.
Arjun: We do the same things…but sometimes Alessio does a bit extra…
Who talks the most in the driver briefings?
Alessio: True, but I like to think I make good points!
Arjun: It’s stuff that can be used to improve what’s going on…
Alessio: Compared to what?
At which concert would you take your teammate to?
Alessio: Ah! He likes Ed Sheeran too much, so I think I’d take him to that!
Arjun: I’m happy with that!
Alessio: And me?
Arjun: Panjabi MC!
Alessio: [laughs] Have you seen my story on Instagram?
F2: We haven’t…
Alessio: Oh man, I need to show you…
Arjun: Oh no…
(Alessio shows us his story, with him and Arjun singing along to Panjabi MC in their car)
Alessio: I like it though! Do they actually do concerts?
Arjun: I don’t know!
What does your teammate do that annoys you the most?
Arjun: Oh, where do we start? [laughs] I’m gonna list down everything…but seriously, I know we’re in an Italian team but you can’t just suddenly start speaking Italian! I’m stuck in the corner like this, I don’t know what’s happening – I have no idea!
Alessio: That’s fair! It was a little bit like that at Jenzer…but we’ve been teammates for so long it’s difficult to find something! I think it’s when I have to wait for him in the morning, and he’s stuck in his room having a shower – he’s always late in the morning!
Arjun: Always, and he gets the blame as well! Giacomo (Ricci, Trident team manager) sends us messages in the morning and we get equal blame, but it’s all my fault!
What’s the one place (country, restaurant, club,…) you’d recommend your teammate to go to on their spare time?
Alessio: A steakhouse.
Arjun: [laughs] You know where he’s coming from? I don’t eat beef!
Alessio: I don’t know, I’ll try and think of a restaurant! You can recommend me a country…
Arjun: Yeah, definitely India, he should come to Bangalore. It’s a nice place.
Alessio: You think I’d survive on the roads?
Arjun: [laughs] You will enjoy driving on the roads, for sure.
Alessio: There’s a lot of beef on the road, no?
Arjun: You’ve just lost so many Indian fans it’s unbelievable!
If you could give your teammate a nickname, what would it be?
Arjun: You go first!
Alessio: A nickname…well, he beats the sh** out of me in the simulator, so I would call him “The Sim Monster”! I’m just driving around and he’s always on it! He’s always been like this!
Arjun: “What Track Limits?”
Arjun: Or “What Chicane?”
Alessio: This goes on from karting, we have a lot of stories about track limits…
What’s the best advice you have for your teammate this season?
Alessio: Ah, be more aggressive in team briefings sometimes!
Arjun: Okay…and for you, Monza – can you give me a nice tow in qualifying?
Alessio: Not gonna happen! That’s not how it works, you have to be more realistic! [laughs]
Arjun: Then I’ll say be less aggressive on the first lap! Maybe don’t go around the outside of Roy Nissany…
Alessio: [laughs] Hopefully I won’t need to!