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GP Week : Issue 184
5 MINUTES And how are you finding the travelling this year? With GP2 last year you had a lot of races, but with F1 the number of weekends is nearly double. I was also reserve driver last year, so I went to all the grands prix. Were you at all of them? I remember you were at the end of the season, but I didn’t realise you’d done them all at the beginning as well. It is a lot of travelling, though – you have to like it! You don’t have to like the airports – there’s no rule about that. I just want to press a magic button and go from my house to a race. One day! so how do you relax between races? Do you watch movies, are you an all-exercise, all-the-time kind of guy? To sleep well, to eat properly, to exercise properly... Basically that’s part of my job outside of the weekends, because you have to be ready mentally, physically, and in good health to approach the weekend in the best possible condition. How do you control your food? Do you cook it yourself, or have you got someone telling you to eat x amount of protein by 3pm? It’s not very exact, very precise. I just need to have a good amount of food, good quality. Sometimes I cook for myself, when I’m at home in Europe or at home in Mexico, but other wise I’m just travelling around, trying to find good places to eat. And do you miss Mexican food when you’re on the road? In some countries it’s awful. You need to find the right places! Obviously I miss it, but when I go back I enjoy the food in Mexico. And when I’m in France I enjoy the food in France, when I’m in Switzerland I enjoy Swiss food... You’re a much better global citizen than me. I’m always looking out for my favourite food around the world. I have the best Mexican food at home – I can guarantee that! so what are you doing with your downtime in Montreal? Are you able to see any of the city while you’re here? Not really – I arrived [on Wednesday], and it’s work for the rest of the weekend. I might be able to see a little bit on Monday. You’re not here to sightsee, are you? You’re here to race. [laughs] That’s correct. And we’ve got a couple of weeks off between now and silverstone. Are you taking advantage of being on this side of the Atlantic to spend more time with your family, or are you straight back to the factory to work, to develop, to train? I’ll go back to see my family, and I also have some sponsor events in Mexico City. After that I’m going straight back to Europe to get back on schedule, to get back on European time. I also want to get back to work with the team so we can make the progress we want to make over the next few races. One of the things about sauber is that you’re a team that achieves its objectives. Do you see yourself getting podiums this year, or are you taking smaller steps? I want to aim for the points. At the moment, that’s what I want to achieve. And I think that by consistency we will be able to achieve not only one or two points, but good points during the season. We need to be very patient – at our window of performance it is not very easy to get into the points, so we have to bring this window a bit more towards the front of the grid. It’s a challenge, and the team is working very hard. I am focusing on the things I can improve to pull everything together and achieve good results. 18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: