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The Lesser Known… Franck Montagny 07 May 2007

Frank Montagny (FRA) Toyota Formula One Testing, Day 1, Jerez, Spain. 6 December 2006. World © Bumstead/Sutton. Franck Montagny (FRA) Toyota TF107 Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 17 March 2007 Frank Montagny (FRA) Toyota F1 Testing, Day 3, Silverstone, England. 21st September 2006. World ©  Bumstead/Sutton. Franck Montagny (FRA) Toyota TF107 Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 17 March 2007

Could a Shelby Mustang really be a hairdresser's car?

Toyota test driver Franck Montagny, the flamboyant Frenchman of Formula One racing, lets slip just a few personal secrets…

Q: What’s in your garage at home?
A:
A GT 500 Shelby Mustang from ‘67. I tracked this kind of car for a long time and now it’s in my garage! Real cool. Plus a 450 Husqvarna (motorbike) and a Lexus IS250.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you
A:
Well, I own a shop in Spain - Barcelona 480 Padilla - with a friend. It’s a hairdressers, but we’ve split it in half so it’s 50 percent clothing and 50 percent hairdresser. We open until midnight every Thursday and we bring in a DJ and champagne - it’s quite cool sometimes!

Q: Your favourite song for karaoke?
A:
Well I don’t sing, so I don’t have a song!

Q: What's the most unusual request you've had from a fan?
A:
I’ve never met crazy fans. They were always, or nearly always, very nice and so there is not much to report - sorry.

Q: When you're at home, what do you listen to when driving?
A:
It very often depends on the weather! It can be good old soul, or hip hop, or some rock ’n’ roll. I stick in those three areas.

Q: Best part of being a Formula One driver - apart from the driving?
A:
To not be obliged to work. I mean it’s a job, but we are travelling all around the planet, we are living out our passion and we are paid for that! The question should be, ‘do you think there is a better job on earth?’

Q: Your most prized possession?
A:
My family - and my Shelby!

Q: What would you be if you weren't a racing driver?
A:
Playing music for sure, or another sport… but I really think I would be in music.

Q: Person you most admire?
A:
Nobody. I admire action not people.

Q: Do you have any bad habits?
A:
Ooh… plenty….

Q: Last good deed you did?
A:
Invite two very good friends of mine for a weekend to celebrate the birthday of another good mate. It was really cool.

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie?
A:
Chewbacca, or Vincent Cassel.