DRIVER #17 // TRIDENT
How big is your family?
It’s pretty big! I have three brothers, a sister and my parents…so there’s seven of us by my calculations!
If you were an animal which one would it be?
I knew you were going to ask this question, but I still didn’t prepare for it! Maybe a wolf, because I like to spend time on my own sometimes, so I’d love to be a wolf.
What’s your favourite pastime?
It’s quite difficult to say, actually! As part of your routine, it’s training – I really enjoy doing it actually, I get to have long rides on my bicycle and trekking through the mountains. I also like to hang out with friends and go to the cinema, but I also like to feel the adrenaline in something.
Who would play you in a biopic about your life?
Ah, that would be a nice film! I don’t know many actors, but I’d say…honestly, I have no clue! It has to be a funny actor…and good-looking too, yeah?
What was your best subject at school?
I think it was sports, as well as history.
Tell us one thing nobody knows about you…
I pee a lot in the car! I can’t do it during the race, I can’t multitask like that, but I do it before because it takes too long to get out and do it. Sometimes when you see me on TV with my eyes closed, I’m trying to focus on that! A couple of races ago I was really trying to do that, and kept my eyes shut, and then all of a sudden all I saw was black! I opened my eyes and realised I’d been caught…
What’s your strangest talent or dinner-party trick?
I think I’m a good singer! When you have to take trips in the car, I think I sing pretty well.
Favourite person to follow on social media?
I think it’s got to be Daniel Ricciardo! He’s very cool.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard over the team radio?
It’s been “don’t pee in the car!” [laughs] I don’t have many others, because some of the mechanics were getting annoyed…
Favourite moment of a race?
It’s that moment when you pull DRS in the zone, and you think “oh I’m gonna get him!” When you’re about to make an overtake that’s the best bit, other than when you’re winning and cross the chequered flag.
What’s your usual reaction to “let’s take a group selfie?”
Ah! It depends on the moment and the mood, if I’m happy I’ll do something a bit more fun and crazy than if I’ve had a bad result or something.
Have you ever been on your own Wikipedia page?
No, actually! Do I have one? [F2: You do!] Oh really? Cool! Hopefully I will fill it up with more results…
What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
Ah, I can’t tell you! I think the weirdest, when I was nine or ten, I was dreaming the night before a kart race how the race would have gone, like: I was starting P2, the guy in P1 would have crashed, and I would win it this way. It was like a premonition, and it happened exactly like that!
Where do you keep your trophies?
I mostly keep them at home, but I tend to also share them with my engineers and mechanics because at the end of the day, when you’re on the podium, it’s a team job and you have to consider them.