"I feel that I'm back home, home sweet home!" Tarquini admits, "It's been twelve years since I last had the pleasure of working with JAS, but I still know everybody, I know their way of working and I don't need to ask myself who does what. We talk the same language and that's important for a good working relationship and to achieve the goals we have set ourselves.
"Finding a job in touring cars after F1 and becoming a British champion as an Italian went in parallel. That's how I drove for the first time for JAS in 1996 in the ITC. One year later, Honda offered me a seat in a Honda Accord in the BTCC and, afterwards, I competed in the German STW Cup."
The JAS relationship with Honda began in 1998 and, in 2001, Tarquini won nine races with the Honda Accord in the FIA European Super Touring Cup, the forerunner to the modern WTCC.
"It's all in the head, between the two ears," Tarquini chuckles, still on the experience theme, "The only contrast between the Tarquini when I started out to the Tarquini now is that there's no more pressure for me to win absolutely. I'm not saying that I don't push to extremes, but a victory more or less won't determine my career anymore.”