Q: What is your favourite circuit on the F1 calendar?
A: My favourite circuit at the moment I would say is
Suzuka. It is a circuit that I’ve always wanted to win at.
Suzuka and Spa are the most demanding, fast flowing.
As drivers we love that sort of circuit. Especially
Suzuka, I’ve always dreamt about winning that Grand
Prix and to come away with that victory was great. That
is my favourite circuit. I also like Monaco. Monaco is
very different. Qualifying in Monaco is crazy because
you are pushing the car to it’s limit. One small mistake
and you’re in the wall. Monaco qualifying is spectacular and nothing compares to that. It’s very special.
Q: Who has been your best teammate and why?
A: I’ve had a lot of very tough teammates. I’d say the
quickest teammate I’ve had is Lewis but Rubens on his
day could be very fast. I feel Lewis is consistently quick. Every qualifying session, Lewis is quick. Lewis has been he toughest teammate I’ve had. It was also great
coming into a team, knowing my teammate would be
competitive. He’s a World Champion and that was a
real buzz for me. I’ve had a lot of good teammates.
When I arrived in F1, Ralf Schumacher was my
teammate and he’d won Grand Prix’s. I also raced with
Fisichella, who when I was racing at Benetton was very
competitive. I raced with Trulli and Jacques Villenueve
as well. I’ve had some good teammates and it definitely
makes you up your game. There’s pressure and more
stress but I think it’s good for your career to have a
Q: What is your favourite food?
A: I love Japanese food and I don’t just mean sushi, the
noodles they have in Japan. Also the style of cooking.
It’s very healthy food and I really like that. Especially
with the training I do, I need healthy food and food
that’s really going to give me the right energy.
Q: Who is your favourite music artist or band?
A: Kings of Leon I like. They have separated which is a bit
sad. Red Hot Chilli Peppers, love them! That sort of
music gets me in the mood for training and the race.
There’s a different type of music for every situation. It’s
a big part of life music. That’s the type of music I really
Q: What are your hobbies outside of racing?
A: I do triathlons, so swimming, biking and running. I’ve
got a couple of races coming up this year, which is
good. Formula One is a competition and I enjoy
competing. Triathlons are good for that. My girlfriend’s
doing a marathon in March, so I’ll go along. There’s a
10K running race which I’m looking forward to
competing in. I’m just a competitive person and I like
Q: What cars do you drive?
A: I’ve got an R – class Mercedes at the moment which is
like a family wagon. You can put your dogs in the back.
Basically it’s because it’s got seven seats and it’s good
for when all my friends come over. It’s also great
because I can stick my bikes in the back. It’s good.
Apart from that, I don’t have a Mclaren yet but I will
have soon, a Mclaren MP4-12C which I’m getting in
white, so that should be quite cool.
Q: How old were you when you decided to become a racing driver?
A: Well I was 8 years old when my father first bought me a
kart. I was actually 7, I got it for Christmas in 1987 and
basically it was just to have some fun. My old man
didn’t think I was going to race, it was just something
for us to do at the weekends because my parents
separated when I was seven and somebody saw me
when I was going round a track and said I should enter
a race. So I did and I won my first race. Very early on, I
Q: Do you have any lucky mascots or rituals for a race?
A: No, I don’t take anything to races. No I don’t, I mean I
always get into the car from the right side, even if I’m
stood on the left side, I’ll walk around and get in but I
think that’s just habit more than anything else. No I
don’t have any rituals.
Q: To finish, what advice would you give to a young, aspiring driver, who would like to follow in your footsteps?
A: Don’t do it! It’s too much hard work. No (laughs). For me, the most important thing is to realise that it’s not going to be easy. The good times are great and we all love them but, the bad times are when you really learn from your mistakes. You learn also what type of person you are during those times. It’s about staying strong in the bad times and learning from the mistakes and you need to give it your all. You’ve got to want it. You need to be hungry for it. Obviously there’s luck along the way and being in the right place at the right time but I think if you have the right attitude, a lot can fall into place.