What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
My mother is a teacher, so they always hoped that I wouldn’t mess about during lessons. And to be honest, I never did.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
No. And if I ever do, only my lady will know.
What was the first CD that you bought?
I don’t really remember! Usually I buy compilations, so it’s not about one artist or one song. I’m the compilation guy!
Have you ever dyed your hair?
I did one time. A little lighter than my natural colour. It was not too impressive. It didn’t look all that great for all the time it took to do. But I guess, when you are young, you sometimes want to slip into another personality, which is of course an illusion, especially if you want to achieve it with a bit hair colour!
Name five things that you hate?
When someone lies to me, waking up earlier than I have to, and when people ask you questions about racing and have no idea about motorsport. Nothing more really springs to my mind. That shows that I am a very balanced person!
What are you afraid of?
Losing my family.
Which film makes you cry?
A film called ‘Goal!’ by director Danny Cannon, which is about a youngster from Mexico and his overwhelming desire to be a football player.
Who is your dream date?
Before this season, it was obviously people in Formula One! But by now, I’ve met everybody so my interest has shifted a bit. Now I would say it would be Brad Pitt, or at least those kinds of people - film stars. It was fantastic in Melbourne to bump into John Travolta in the paddock! From other sports, maybe Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali.
Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
To finish a weekend positively. To be able to walk out of the paddock in high spirits. It is not about winning but about feeling at ease with yourself.
Are you the kind of guy to have a ‘Plan-B’?
Yes, of course! I’m always thinking of finding a good exit plan if ‘Plan-A’ does not work. For example at the start, you gain 20 positions and wow, you’re suddenly second! But at that very minute it dawns on you that you will probably not finish the race in P2, so you immediately have to roll out your ‘Plan-B’. You have to save your tyres, you must defend, and make it your goal to finish in the top ten!