How did it all start for you?
I started at the age of 10 with indoor karting. A school friend of mine asked if I wanted to join him to try karting so I joined him and my father saw that there was some talent in that young boy so we carried on with karting.
What’s the most difficult thing about being a racing driver?
I am traveling a lot which is great because you meet a lot of interesting people and you see a lot of different countries but as I am the father of a little girl, it's sometimes hard to leave the house knowing that I cannot spend time with her for the next couple of weeks.
If you weren’t a racing driver, what would you be doing?
I've started being a professional racing driver just two years ago. Before that, I had a regular job and racing was kind of my side business. As the racing and coaching got more and more intense I quit my job and focused 100% on racing.
I studied machine engineering with special focus on construction. So that would be my regular job if I weren’t a racing driver.
What is the best/worst road car you have ever driven?
The question would be much easier if it were about race-cars ;).
The most expensive one was probably a Ferrari 599 TDF. It was very powerful and I had loads of fun. But there are many more I could mention here.
When I got my driver's license, at 18 years old, I used to buy old cars to drive during wintertime and as I grew up in the Black Forest area in Germany we had lots of snow during the winter. I had some pretty bad cars in those years, I have to say - Renault R5, Ford Fiesta ... cars like that.
What would your ideal sandwich have on it?
Avocado, Roast-beef and a mustard sauce.
What car(s) do you own now and what’s your daily driver?
I have a Renault Megane RS 250. I bought it 7 years ago - it's very reliable and still good fun. It has 260,000 km on the clock and I've never had any issues with it. So I am pretty happy with that car!
Favorite car of all time?
At the moment, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 - I had the biggest success of my career with this car.
Do you have any points on your driver’s license?
I live in Switzerland and there are no points here, just very expensive tickets :D.
But I don’t get tickets very often so my point counter would be at zero.
RWD, AWD or FWD and why?
Depends on the surface. The most fun and most sporty way to drive is with a RWD car. On snow, an AWD is the better choice. FWD is ok as a daily driver but I wouldn't choose that for a track day.
If you could be someone else for a day (dead or alive) who would you be?
I would like to be a pro cyclist. But one without doping issues! It's crazy what these guys can achieve and how hard they train. I also like cycling so I know a bit of what these guys are capable of. I would probably be Peter Sagan - he is a very good all-rounder and a very funny guy as well!
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