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MATHIAS LAUDA Best of...

Best race you took part in... "Monza in my first year in Formula Nissan. I started from eighth place and fought my way onto the third step of the podium!

Your toughest season...  The 2005 GP2 Series. I didn’t have much experience and the overall level was very high.

Best team-mate...  Jean Alesi. We were in the same team in the DTM in 2006, and he was always ready to help me progress.

Your toughest rival...  Nobody really. It’s not like in tennis where you battle with just one person."

Your best racing car...  The DTM Mercedes-Benz.

Your most spectacular race tracks...  I love Laguna Seca, Sepang and Jerez.

Best after-race party... There’ve been so many! Whatever the outcome I like to go out after a race to celebrate the result if it’s a good one, or to forget in the opposite case! I’ve got good memories of Barcelona where my friend Franck Montagny acted as guide.

Your most spectacular overtaking manoeuvre... I don’t remember any one in particular, but there was a Euro F3000 race in Jerez where I passed six cars and finished second.

The most exciting turn on a racetrack... On the Istanbul circuit there’s a series of downhill corners that are very exciting.

Race Control’s strangest decision... I had to pay a $2000 fine in A1GP because I had a coming-together with a driver who was trying to pass me on the outside! I’ve never understood that decision.

The funniest/strangest character in motorsport... I’ve come across so many! I like Franck Montagny and Jean Alesi very much as they’re both very amusing blokes. I also get on well with Ananda Mikola whom I’ve known for years.

Strangest question ever asked... I’m often asked questions about my father, which I can’t answer. If you want to know what he thinks, the best thing is to go directly to him!

Best reason to keep on racing... I’m very competitive; I always want to be first!

Best reason to stop racing... Honestly, I don’t see any. Motor racing’s part of my life.

Best race format... I like long races with pit stops. I’ve never done a 24-hour event but I’d love to.

Best qualifying format... I like the present system in F1 where it’s back to square one on three occasions. This being said, the long session we have in Speedcar suits me better.

Your favourite series... The DTM and the Speedcar Series even if they’re very different.

Strangest autograph ever given... Sometimes young girls ask me to sign on their breast! It’s funny, and believe me, I don’t have any problems!

Favourite race weather... I’m generally quicker on wet tracks, but I like both.

Your greatest weakness... All drivers have a weak point. It’s a waste of time blaming the car or the team. You’ve got to know how to be honest.

Your favourite pastime between races... Surfing. It’s my greatest passion after motor racing. I spent a week in Bali recently and it was fantastic to go surfing every day.

Best trick played on a team-mate... I’ll pass on that one. They’re a bit too recent to talk about!

Worst sport without horsepower... Women’s football. I think it’s horrible! I’m not being macho; it’s just that football is the opposite of femininity.

Favourite sport without horsepower... Surfing, obviously!

The best athlete ever... Kelly Slater. He won six surfing world titles before retiring and then came back and won two more.

You are not talented in... I wasn’t great at school. I woke up every morning with a pain in my stomach!

 

Speedcar Series -Anila Ratnam- J. Roussel, D. Waldron





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Last modified: Thursday, 03.04.2008 - 12:33
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