DRIVER #6 // RUSSIAN TIME
How big is your family?
I have only 1 sister and my mum, my father and my grandmother.
French fries or chocolate cake?
If you were an animal, which one would it be?
The eagle! He sees everything for a long way.
What’s your favourite non-racing pastime?
I like to just sit at home, but I don’t have that sweet part of my life because I’m always training with my performance trainer.
What was the last book your read?
It was Hemmingway: I don’t remember the name of the book but he was always drinking wine and trying to speak with girls and living in Paris (it was probably A Moveable Feast – Ed.)
If you could be any film character, who would it be?
Maybe the one Johnny Depp does in Pirates of the Caribbean – Captain Jack Sparrow! He’s a bit crazy sometimes!
What is one thing no one knows about you?
If I have these things, then maybe nobody needs to know about it!
Who is your favourite person to follow on social media?
Fernando Alonso, and Lewis as well. Or maybe Flavio Briatore! [laughs]
What is the best thing about racing?
To do it! Just doing it. My best thing was winning in Monaco the first time – that was an amazing feeling inside, and actually I couldn’t explain it because there was a first 10 seconds where it was neutral because I didn’t understand anything, and then it came and I started crying, I was just so happy, and all the emotions came together in just that one lap to the podium.
Who’s your biggest rival this season?
At the moment it’s Oliver Rowland, because there’s only 9 points between us, but the second one is Leclerc because he’s in the front, and I still think it’s possible to beat him actually.
Who is your favourite person in the team?
I can’t say just one, it’s not possible – we’re like a family. That’s actually the answer to the first question!
Do you prefer a teammate who is faster or slower than you?
Faster – it’s nice to learn something from him, like I was in my first years in GP2, and always to fight with your teammate is nicer than to fight with the other guys.
Define yourself as a driver in three words.
Beast! [laughs] Chilled, and consistent.
What is your non-racing dream?
Just relax all day, and to do nothing! [laughs]