On the road I drive a Ford Bronco, which is fun for getting around LA. I’ve also got a pickup which I tow my trophy truck with. A trophy truck is what I drive at the Baja 1000.
We did the shoot for the D+D collaboration at the Baja 1000. It’s known as the most dangerous race in the world and it’s insane. You’ve got everything from million-dollar trophy trucks to VW Beetles from the 70s and motorbikes, so there’s a real mix of vehicles racing. It means there’s a real mix of people too, which is amazing.
The roads are kind of closed, but not. The trophy trucks come through first, so people know to get off the road, but these are still back-roads in Mexico. For the drivers, it’s like rallying but without having done any of the pre-running of the course. You’re not really sure what’s round the next corner. You’ve always got to be on your toes – be ready for the unexpected. If you have a breakdown early on and get left behind by the race, you can find yourself driving into oncoming traffic. After the race, I didn’t want to do it again. Now I’m thinking about doing the next one.
F1 driver might be the best job in the world. Though I haven’t really done any other jobs, so I can’t really compare it to anything. For a racing driver, it’s certainly up there, even if it can get very frustrating. If you’re in a winning car, everything’s dandy, but a lot of the time you’re not in a winning car. You can have the stress of getting the best out of yourself and out of the car, and still finish ninth. But it’s an amazing job. Every racing driver wants to achieve in Formula 1 and I’m very lucky to have had that opportunity.
I miss the driving. I stepped away because it was too intense. I’d been racing for 17 years and I needed a breather. I actually thought I wanted to retire, but then after three years I realised I wouldn’t mind jumping back in an F1 car. But then it’s too late. Everything’s moved on. I was racing in other things and pretty much enjoying that as much as F1 anyway.