Q: When did you first start racing/driving? What made you want to be a professional racer? A: I started with small Italietti bikes. I was three, my brother was five. Then we moved to motocross, then to cars. I was six while we got our first, Go KART -oldie, which we shared until we both got our own ones. I was doing relatively well with an old car and old tires, so I wanted to get more and more and to become a professional one day.
Q: Your brother is also a racer. What’s it like having someone else in your family love racing as much as you? Have you ever raced against each other?
A: As we’re always together, we competed in whatever we did. I had to beat him, in wrestling, in playing games, in running - and most of all - in racing. Obviously it meant a lot for both of us. We have always been supporting each other and still do.
Q: How did it feel to become a Formula 1 racer? What did it mean to you?
A: It was a big, big dream coming true. Actually, it all happened very quickly. I did a few tests, and got a contract to race with Sauber. Obviously it changed my life quite a lot. I always wanted to become a world champion and getting to Formula One, there was a chance, at least, to do your best and try to win it.
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Q: What’s it like being an ambassador for Oakley?
A: They are one of the best manufacturers of sunglasses and optics. It’s a pleasure to work with the real professionals and to feel being part of the Oakley gang. I especially like their great attitude on how to market their products.
Q: In 2013 you signed with Ferrari and will wear the famous red suit. Oakley and Ferrari teamed up for an exclusive style, Canteen, in 2014. What do you think about the design and partnership?
A: Obviously I was very delighted to hear about the partnership of Ferrari and Oakley getting together. It feels fine to see great companies working together in this way. We all share the same target – like Ferrari and me, Oakley wants to be the best in the world, as well.
Q: Oakley was created for world-class athletes, those who see the limits of possibility as just another challenge. What is it about the Oakley brand that you connect with most? And how do you embody this mantra?
A: I am glad knowing they are one of the best in the world with their optics and lenses. It is an honor to be one of the athletes in the Oakley gang.
Q: What sunglasses do you prefer to wear?
A:I myself use different sorts of their models. They have a few different models and from one day to another, I pick one, which goes with my feeling just at that moment.