If I were not a Formula One driver 10 Jun 2004
What the drivers would do if they weren't at the wheel...
The average Grand Prix driver has racing in his blood. But what if things had been different? What if they hadn't made it into motorsport's big league? What would the likes of Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya have ended up doing with their lives?
Organisers of the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis asked all 20 men on the grid what job they would like to have if the weren't a Formula One driver...
Michael Schumacher, Ferrari.
"A mechanical engineer."
Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari.
"Probably some outdoor activity. Probably biking, with some racing activity in there, but definitely something that tested the body. An adventure school in Tasmania... somewhere I can drink all the red wine and eat all the chocolate! Providing the school runs itself."
Mark Webber, Jaguar.
"I can't imagine having done anything else, to be honest, but if that was the case, I would probably have continued with trying to make it as a professional ice hockey player."
Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren.
"I would probably have ended up working at my father's haulage company, on the business side of things."
David Coulthard, McLaren.
"Outside of motorsport, I'd be racing either mountain bikes or doing triathlons or running. I'd be racing something."
Cristiano da Matta, Toyota.
"I like all sports. Football (soccer) and cycling are my favourites for a second job."
Fernando Alonso, Renault.
"I have no clue. I never thought about anything else because my whole life was in motorsports."
Ralf Schumacher, Williams.
"A lawyer. That job would be really interesting."
Olivier Panis, Toyota.
"Flying, where the speed is high. As a driver, I'd enjoy the speed and the G-forces in flying that you can have in these F1 cars."
Zsolt Baumgartner, Minardi.
"I would like to do some other kind of sport like cycling and mountain biking."
Nick Heidfeld, Jordan.
"I have no idea. I have been involved in this since I was 3 or 4 years old, so it is too difficult for me to make a decision now."
Jarno Trulli, Renault.
"Cyclist, like the guys that race in the Tour de France."
Gianmaria Bruni, Minardi.
"Before I started with motorsport I was a ski racer, so maybe I'd be a ski racer."
Christian Klien, Jaguar.
"I have no idea. Possibly a (racing) cyclist, but I never thought about it."
Takuma Sato, BAR.
"I would be a football (soccer) player. I like to play football, it is my favourite hobby, and I play quite well. So if I wasn't a F1 driver, I'd like to be a football player."
Giancarlo Fisichella, Sauber.
"I love cars. If I were not involved in motorsport, I'd be working with cars in some way. Something with engines, for sure."
Felipe Massa, Sauber.
"Football (soccer). I started to play football when I was very young, but motor racing was my first choice."
Giorgio Pantano, Jordan.
The following exchange took place between Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya and BAR's Jenson Button when they were asked the question:
JPM: "I don't know. Probably an architect. My father used to be an architect. So when I was a kid, I wanted to be an architect."
JB: "I'll be a second-hand car salesman, then."
JPM: "Be washing cars or something."
Moderator: "Is that what you want to do?"
JB: "No, that's what my old man was. No, it would have to be something pretty crazy, I think. I don't know what."
JPM: "Stunt driver or something."
JB: "Fighter pilot."
JPM: "Yeah, that would be cool."