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The Lesser Known…Christian Klien 14 Feb 2007

Christian Klien (AUT) Honda RA107 Formula One Testing, Day One Jerez, Spain, 6 February 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton Christian Klien (AUT).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 20 October 2006 Christian Klien (AUT) Honda RA106 Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain. 29 November 2006. World © Bumstead/Sutton Christian Klien (AUT) Honda RA106 Formula One Testing, Day 1, Jerez, Spain. 6 December 2006. World © Bumstead/Sutton.

We catch up with the Honda test driver and try to discover just what makes the Austrian tick - his prized watch collection and love of motorbikes included…

Q: What's in your garage at home?
Two Honda cars, a four wheel drive, a normal road car and a couple of bicycles. That’s all.

Q: Tell us something we don't know about you?
As I child I was really interested in motorbikes. Not in cars, and I eventually would have gone into motorcycling.

Q: Your favourite song for karaoke?
A ridiculous German song called ‘You Have Lied to Me a Thousand Times’...It’s my ring tone.

Q: Funniest thing you've read about yourself in the press?
With hindsight, that I was involved in a night club fist fight in Austria. Though at the time, when it was published, it was not funny at all.

Q: Your most embarrassing moment?
My first race in Monaco for Jaguar. On the front nose was a diamond worth US $300,000. I crashed the car in the Loews corner and the diamond was lost. That wasn’t a fun ride that day.

Q: What was your first car?
My first car was a golf. I tuned it - it looked really pimped up.

Q: Best part of being a Formula One driver - apart from the driving?
The travelling, and meeting interesting people. It can broaden ones horizons.

Q: Your most prized possession?
My watch collection.

Q: What would you be if you weren’t a racing driver?
Well, I have finished an apprenticeship as a metal worker, but I am sure I would not have carried on with that career. I was always sure of going into sports, probably being a ski racer.

Q: Person you most admire?
Ayrton Senna. I saw him in 1991 at the Hockenheimring. I took a picture with him and, in that one moment, I caught the Formula One bug. From that moment on it was clear what I wanted to be.

Q: Do you have any bad habits?
I bite my nails.

Q: Last good deed you did?
Last week I did a charity ski race in Austria. The charity helps young athletes, who have had an accident that made them give up on their dreams of becoming ski stars.