After a very satisfying season last year, how did you spend the winter break?
The season ended very late, so I tried to make the most of the free time I had to see family and friends before starting my training in early January. I went skiing over Christmas in Switzerland with my family and girlfriend, it was nice to be out in the fresh air in the mountains. After that I spent some time in the States, where I started my training programme at the Red Bull Training Centre in Santa Monica. I also got a chance to visit Miami, I got a tour of the circuit and was able to train at the Dolphins’ Training Centre. The length of time to unwind was very short and we were soon back preparing for the coming season. I’m in top form and I’m working hard on my training before we go testing and racing.

 

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Your 2021 season went fantastically well, but with the major changes to the cars for 2022, how do you view the coming season?
I think we will have to tackle it with an open mind, being ready for any eventuality. It’s a fresh start for all the teams, starting pretty much from zero as we are really looking at a clean sheet of paper scenario. It will be a big challenge for the teams to work out how to build the best car possible to comply with the new regulations. I hope that it works really well for us. I have no doubts about our team’s abilities and, as of now, they are quite pleased with the work they have done. Like everyone, they’ve been working on it for many months now, but it’s difficult to have an idea of what we can expect until the car goes out on track in Barcelona for the first time. Then we will get an idea of how the car behaves and how we look compared to the others. I’m sure this season will be full of surprises.

Do you regard 2022 as a key year in terms of your F1 future?
My approach will be the same as the one I adopted last year. I will be trying to build on the run I had of very good results and to continue to be on top of my game with the car I have. I really hope that this is a year when I can fight at the very front, to finish regularly in the top five and even higher if the car is good enough for that. We must be prepared to deal with whatever situations arise. So, mentally I’ve prepared myself to deal with any possible scenario and personally, I will be pushing the team to always do its best. Last year we came very close to fifth place in the Constructors’ and it would be super to achieve that this year. It’s too early to say if that will be possible but I will always give it my best shot and get the most out of our car.

 

 

The bigger tyres are one of the most obvious changes. What effect will that have?
Aesthetically it’s a big change, it also makes the cars heavier and affects the way they drive, and I think it adds yet another element and challenge on top of all the other changes to the cars. They also slightly reduce visibility from the cockpit, especially with those new wheel covers. This, along with all the other changes to the car, means that there will be a lot of work to do in free practice at every race weekend.

We hear you have a special collaboration with AlphaTauri this summer – can you tell us more about it?
I’ve been collaborating with the AlphaTauri team for a few months on a special project that will be launched in summer. I’m very excited about it because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and as we progress it’s looking really promising and cool. Unfortunately, I can’t disclose too much yet, but watch out for it!