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GP Week : Issue 185
5 MINUTES It’s the classic, isn’t it? Is there anything better than spa? To me, no. Budapest is quite good as well. As a Red Bull team driver, with all the pressures that entails, do you have any time off to relax, to see friends and family? Of course. And how do you chill out? What’s your favourite way to relax? I like watching movies, I read a little, and I like to spend time with my friends and family. I’m quite normal outside of Formula One. And as a Frenchman, do you spend any time in the kitchen, in the markets? Are you a cook at all? No. [Laughs.] I’m more the kind of guy who wants to go to a restaurant and eat quickly. I don’t want to spend an hour cooking and then eat it in ten minutes! I can understand that! Although I thought the French way was to spend one hour cooking and then three hours eating – the wine, the cheese, the foie... I don’t like that! I hate the sort of lunch or dinner where you spend hours and hours. Well, you’re a racer. You like doing things fast, don’t you? For my whole life, I’ve always wanted to be the first! Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. It’s no bad thing to be fast when you’re fighting for second helpings of food. so you are off to Germany next week. Do you have any specific sponsorship commitments there, or is it a weekend where you can focus on the racing? I don’t have personal sponsors, so I just have the commitments for the team. And Germany isn’t a big market for CePsA, is it? No. We have a lot of commitments in Barcelona, in Abu Dhabi, in Canada and Austin, with all of our local sponsors. And how do you find that? Do you see the work that you do with team sponsors as preparation for moving up to a team where you might have personal sponsors later on in your career? Is it as much a part of the learning process as getting the speed right in the corners, as putting together a perfect qualifying lap? In general, that’s probably something I didn’t have to learn – how to be good with sponsors and people important for the team. I guess if you’re friendly, if you’re a nice guy, you just need to be you. I’m friendly with everyone. When the time comes to race, I race, and no one comes to talk to me. Then the time comes for interviews, like now, or for meeting with the sponsors, and I know what to say. I know you’re in demand this weekend, so I will finish up with one last question. Obviously we all know Mark is off to sportscars. Have you ever been tempted by a career in Le Mans, or NAsCAR? Is there any other type of racing that excites you? That’s not part of my plans right now, but if I had had the same career as Mark, I would have done the same thing. It’s great – the career he has had in Formula One, and now going to Le Mans, with really nice cars. I would have done exactly the same thing. I hope to have the same career as him in Formula One, and to do the same thing. 5 Minutes with Jean-eric Vergne – cont 18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: