This year you have driven in World Series by Renault, been test driver at Toro Rosso
and now racing with HRT, quite an impressive CV for a 22 year old. What are the difficulties in adapting to each category and which are the differences between one car and another?
It has been a very busy year for me racing in World Series, spending some Friday's with Toro Rosso, testing the Red Bull
at the end of last year and now HRT. I actually see it as quite a privilege to have driven so many cars already at the age of 22! It is not easy to adapt to a new car, but having jumped around in them quite a bit this year has helped me out a lot.
In World Series everything is a bit slower than F1. But each time I sit in the car, whether it is World Series or F1, once I am in the cockpit I am mentally prepared for what the car is. I don't have to physically drive it to remember what it is doing.
What did your friends and family say when they found out you would be racing in F1 with HRT?
I had lots of calls, messages and emails. I answered about 5% of them; I was quite overwhelmed. In one day I had about 200 messages! I managed to read them all but I haven't got around yet to replying to all of them. It was awesome. For my family it was quite emotional because it has always been a dream of mine to be in Formula 1. For them, to see it come true was quite a special feeling. I called my sister in Australia and she flew over for the race, so it was all very emotional.
What is your main objective for the second half of the season?
The target is to continue learning. I think that will come with time in the car. If I could manage to sneak out a personal best result or edge out Tonio and the Virgins in a few races that would be a strong result. I have to aim high because it is only going to help me for the future. I think that for the last few races of the year I can really start to push and aim for it.
What are your plans for the summer break?
I have a few PR events in Austria and Italy that I have to attend to. Maybe I will just have five days off and, honestly, I will probably spend those days training. With all the travelling it is quite hard getting in the gym and doing what is required. So I think it won't be much of a holiday.