How do you celebrate a win?
Well, I used to do what most people do – get drunk. But I've stopped drinking now, so I'm open to new ideas for my next win. In the days following a race, I’ll unwind by taking long dog walks.
How important is your fitness to the sport?
It's absolutely key. Fitness and strength are vital, so I rely on a good diet. As soon as you start to tire in a racing car, your performance will deteriorate. My diet is complicated: I am lucky to have a rather special nutritional therapist who ensures my diet is high protein and fat, no grains, minimal carbs and as little sugar as possible – though no one’s perfect.
What’s been your proudest moment?
In motorsport, it was probably my performance at Le Mans last year. We didn’t win, but I did my job to the best of my ability and made no mistakes. Considering it was my first time on the track and I was still fairly new to that type of car, I was pleased with how it went. It was also a great moment to give back to my sponsor Texaco. Hopefully this year I will have a fast teammate and we can have a really good chance of winning. My proudest moment off the track would be crossing the Andes mountains alone on foot. I enjoy a good solo trek, so when I was living in Argentina, I thought it would be good fun to cross the mountains into Chile. It turned out I was right – it was bloody incredible.
What about the worst?
Formula Ford in 2007 – my first season in racing. But there have been numerous awful days. In those early days, I couldn't get my head together in the races and would crash a lot. I had a really big accident at Hockenheim in 2009, which was definitely up there in my worst days at work.