Any chance you will be driving in any other races next year, like Le Mans?
I had some possibilities to drive in another Championship, but it’s not my target at the moment. I want to stick to F1. In the future, maybe. At the moment, my only aim is to be F1 World Champion.
Where does your motivation come from? Where did you find your passion for racing?
From Michael Schumacher, back in the day. When I turned on the TV, he was fighting for wins in the Ferrari with Alonso in the Renault. I’m very sad that Fernando is leaving. He and Michael gave me my love for the sport. Racing with Fernando is something unbelievable for me.
How is your relationship with Sergio Pérez?
I have big respect for him. I’ve learned a lot working beside him in my first year. He’s one of the best drivers on the grid; very talented and always there taking the maximum out of the car. He pushes me very hard. If I am the driver I am now in Formula 1, it’s also thanks to him. Maybe we won’t go on holidays together, but we respect each other a lot and have a great relationship inside the team.
Has Formula 1 lived up to your expectations?
I love the sport as much as I did on day one. I enjoy every single lap in the car and I have met some fantastic people in the Paddock, but there is some side of it that can be frustrating. I don’t have a seat for next year, but everything happens for a reason and I’m sure I will be back.
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