What is your proudest moment in F1 so far?

Two come to mind. I think the first win is one, because it’s something you dream about. Until you do, you’re not totally, totally convinced you can. But also Melbourne, my first year with Red Bull (in 2014), almost taking pole, qualifying on the front row and coming second there. Okay, it was removed (due to disqualification), but I think just a kind of performance at home under pressure and pressure with a new team. It was like a huge weight off my shoulders, so I was pretty proud of that weekend.

What advice would you give to someone starting out?

The advice I give to everybody, even if it’s not racing, just for any sport, at the end of the day is to make sure that fun is the main reason why you’re doing it. I think if it’s fun, then you put all your love and soul into it, and then it can lead to a career. Yes, it can lead to making money and all the other things that come with it, but it should be born out of fun. It also can’t be your parents’ dream, it can’t be this or that, it has to be what drives you, what makes you get up every morning and enjoy doing it. Then comes the rest.

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Where would you like to be in five years?

Oooh. Perfect scenario, a world title and spending more time on my farm. That would be Scenario A!


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