DRIVER #4 // ART GRAND PRIX
How big is your family?
Immediate family? It’s just my parents and my brother, four of us in the house.
If you were an animal which one would it be?
Probably a hawk or something! I’ve always thought the idea of flying is really cool, and a hawk is probably the scariest bird out there.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Cycling! It’s a big interest of mine, but I’ve probably picked the two most expensive sports I can do! So my dad wasn’t very happy…
Who would play you in a biopic about your life?
I quite like Matt Damon! He’s a bit of a meme as well, so I’ll go with that!
What was your best subject at school?
PE, to be honest! Sport science too, anything that involved running or cycling I was alright at…
Tell us one thing nobody knows about you…
Maybe some people know this, but I was basically a footballer before I took up racing – I played from four to sixteen. I still love football, I support Aston Villa but we’re not doing particularly well!
What’s your strangest talent or dinner-party trick?
I’m literally just good at sport! I’m double-jointed in my thumbs, but that’s not really a talent is it?
Favourite person to follow on Twitter/Instagram?
It’d probably be someone like Team Sky in cycling. I’m not like a Kim Kardashian follower or anything like that! Team Sky’s pretty on it with Twitter and Instagram.
Favourite moment of a race?
If I’m leading, it’ll be the end of the race! Anything else, it’s just fighting on track – more overtaking than defending, like when you make a really good move around the outside stick…
Worst thing you’ve ever heard over the radio?
I probably can’t repeat it! A few expletives, being told to shut up and do my job…I’m not a big complainer on the radio, but sometimes I’ve said something I shouldn’t have in the moment and got – quite rightly – something similar back.
Name something that your engineer keeps telling to do?
It’s coming home! The worst bit is he’s French and they obviously won the World Cup, so he keeps saying it even more…
What’s your usual reaction to “let’s take a group selfie?”
No! I’m not a big fan of selfies in general, I don’t really take them at all!
Have you ever been on your own Wikipedia page?
Not recently, but I remember around last year – you know you can change it? George Russell and Alex Albon changed mine, they updated George’s and they changed [sportscar driver] Ben Barnicoat’s as well! Mine was updated to be “professional bodybuilder”, but I’ve not gone on it recently and I’m hoping it’s gone!
What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
It’s usually ones where you can’t run. I had one last night that I was late for a flight, and I found it impossible to pack! That’s not exciting at all, is it? But it’s just little weird ones like that…
Where do you keep your trophies?
This year, they go back to the team. In the past, they’ve gone in the conservatory at home, which my mum’s not very happy about…