DRIVER #7 // TRIDENT
How big is your family?
My immediate family? I’m an only child, so it’s just me and my parents!
If you were an animal which one would it be?
I’ve always really wanted to fly, so I’d probably say something like an eagle or some other kind of bird. A bald eagle would be very patriotic!
What’s your favourite pastime?
I really enjoy photography. When I was growing up my sport was ice hockey, so playing that is one of my favourites. I don’t do it too often now…
Who would play you in a biopic about your life?
I’m really bad with the names of actors! The only actors I really know are Leonardo diCaprio, Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg…so a mix of those three!
What was your best subject at school?
Physics and math.
Tell us one thing nobody knows about you…
Hmm…I was in a boarding school in high school, maybe not many people know that! Oh, I didn’t start in go-karts, I started racing when I was 17 in Formula Ford. I was always interested in racing but didn’t come from a racing family, so a friend of mine put me in touch with a team and that’s how we got connected!
What’s your strangest talent or dinner-party trick?
I wouldn’t call it strange, but I can play the jazz trombone. It was my musical instrument growing up…but I haven’t played in a long time.
Favourite person to follow on social media?
GP3_Official! Hmm…maybe Emily Ratajkowski! [laughs] There’s also a page on Instagram called “fuckjerry” which is pretty funny…
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard over the team radio?
It was during my first pre-season test in Formula Renault at Paul Ricard. It was my first time driving that car in the wet, and I heard “Ryan, you need to improve…by three and a half seconds”! That’s probably the worst.
Favourite moment of a race?
The start is always very exciting, and also when you cross the finish line in a good position. I think that’s the most satisfying moment.
What’s something that your engineer keeps telling you to do?
[pauses]…brake three metres later!
What’s your usual reaction to “let’s take a group selfie?”
I’m usually the one who has to do it because I have the longest arms! I’m the one in control of the selfie.
Have you ever been on your own Wikipedia page?
Yeah, actually, I tried editing it because it’s not entirely filled in. It didn’t really include important details…but it was really complicated, it’s all in raw code.
What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
When I fly back to the US I take melatonin to reduce the jetlag, and that stuff gives me crazy dreams sometimes! I’ve had some weird ones…one was like, I was in a Blade Runner movie, a full on dystopian society in the future, full of lots of people.
Where do you keep your trophies?
I keep them on a shelf. My room’s sort of split into two rooms with some sliding doors, and I keep them on a shelf in there.