As promised, I’m digging up the F1 interviews I did last year as part of the lead-up to the 2011 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix!
Starting off with Sebastian Vettel (whom wasn’t World Champion yet when I interviewed him)…
What gave you the idea to start naming your cars?
SEBASTAN VETTEL: NO particular reason. My mechanics and I started the habit; we sat together and talked about it, shared some ideas and came up with it.
If you could be in charge of an F1 team, what would you do?
THAT’s still far away. At the moment I’m still young and I’m still driving so that’s a long way to go. And you never know what will be in the future.
Most challenging track ever raced on?
IN Macau during Formula 3. It’s a very long track and very narrow up the hill. I don’t know if you know, but it’s a nice track. For F1 it’ll be too narrow but it’s thrilling for F3.
Greatest driver of all time?
IN terms of statistics, it has to be Michael Schumacher. I know him, and I’ve always looked up to him as an idol. He’s still around in the sport and that changes a bit but he’s still one of the greatest. I also look up to others like Ayrton Senna; it depends on who you can identify with most.
Most memorable race?
MONZA 2008 for sure, when I won my first F1 race. You will never forget your first win and it’s very special to win for a team like Toro Rosso.
If you were not an F1 driver, what would you be?
I honestly don’t know. I think I will be somewhere in university, studying engineering or something.
What advice will you give to the aspiring drivers who are aiming to come to F1?
IT’S difficult in F1, but just like any other sport you need to be at the right place at the right time. Work hard in order to attain your goal but most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and have fun! Never forget where you come from and be open to have some fun.
What do drivers need to know before coming to F1?
MAKING it to F1 is the highest you can achieve, but it is very difficult to get into this elite group of drivers. You need a bit of luck and you need to be in the right place at the right time. Of course, you also need to be a good racer. The sport is very demanding and young drivers have to be fit, ambitious, determined and able to cope with pressure.
How do you deal with the pressure of being in F1?
YOU learn how to deal with pressure in the years leading up to F1. There is of course a bit more pressure in F1, but you just learn to deal with it – it’s part of the job.
If you could meet anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
I don’t want to and I don’t have to meet one famous or popular person. It’s nice to just get your family and friends together.
What do you think of female drivers in general?
THEY have difficulties with parking – ha, ha I am joking of course. Female drivers can be very good, just that there just aren’t many in professional motorsports.
Do you prefer short hair or long hair on woman?
iPhone or Blackberry?
Tattoo or piercing?
Boxers or briefs?
Slippers or sandals?
Berms or jeans? Or shorts?
How many children do you want in future? Sons or daughters?
26 or 27 daughters and 1 son (ha, ha…)!
General advice on life for our readers?
NO risk, no fun!
Team: Red Bull Racing
Debut: 2007 US Grand Prix
Date of Birth: 3 July 1987
Place of Birth: Heppenheim, West Germany
Marital Status: Single
*This was first published in The New Paper.