What is the best thing that you can cook?
What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
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.
What was your first car?
A Volkswagen Golf 1.4. My dad gave it to me.
Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?
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.
How do you take your coffee?
I don’t drink coffee.
What was your worst buy?
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)
What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?
Friends, Russian food, and of course my family.
Do you collect anything?
Playing cards. I try to buy them in every country I visit.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I prefer not to tell anybody. It is my life. On a small scale, it’s eating sweets.
Who were your childhood heroes?
It was Bruce Lee, and Muhammad Ali because my father enjoyed boxing.