Question:

What is the best thing that you can cook?

Answer:

Pasta.

Question:

What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?

Answer:

Mistakes happen to all of us, and that goes for me, too. I really cannot remember anything embarrassing, just those little things that go wrong every day.

Question:

What was your first car?

Answer:

A Volkswagen Golf 1.4. My dad gave it to me.

Question:

Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?

Answer:

To sleep as much possible, eat as much as possible and do nothing as much as possible. Oh and go to a good Russian sauna.

Question:

How do you take your coffee?

Answer:

I don’t drink coffee.

Question:

What was your worst buy?

Answer:

Nothing big - just the usual stuff. You go shopping, buy a pair of jeans - your 25th pair - you put them in the closet and take them out again after a few weeks and find out they are too small! It happens to me all the time! (laughs)

Question:

What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?

Answer:

Friends, Russian food, and of course my family.

Question:

Do you collect anything?

Answer:

Playing cards. I try to buy them in every country I visit.

Question:

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Answer:

I prefer not to tell anybody. It is my life. On a small scale, it’s eating sweets.

Question:

Who were your childhood heroes?

Answer:

It was Bruce Lee, and Muhammad Ali because my father enjoyed boxing.