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The Lesser Known… Ralf Schumacher 02 Jan 2008

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Force India. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, 04 December 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Ralf Schumacher (GER) Force India F1. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 6 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Ralf Schumacher (GER) is testing for Force India F1. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 6 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota TF107 ahead of Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker F8-VII 
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 21 October 2007 A guest of Toyota with Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 21 October 2007

The 2007 season proved to be a tough one for Ralf Schumacher. It also turned out to be his final campaign with Toyota, the team he joined in 2005, having previously enjoyed six Grand Prix wins with Williams.

Having tested for Force India at the tail end of 2007, there is still a question mark over whether Schumacher will return in ’08. Nevertheless, he remains one of the sport’s most famous faces and during the course of last season we caught up with him to discover a few home truths about the German driver…

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you?
RS:
That’s difficult! I don’t know… I like animals and I have six dogs - maybe people do not know that.

Q: Your favourite song for karaoke?
RS:
I enjoy karaoke, but I don’t really have a favourite song.

Q: What’s the most unusual request you’ve had from a fan?
RS:
I think that is probably from some young Japanese girls who wanted me to sing karaoke with them.

Q: What is the funniest thing you have read about yourself in the press?
RS:
There have been so many I can’t pick just one!

Q: You’re most embarrassing moment?
RS:
In Formula One my most embarrassing moment was probably an accident I had when I was at Jordan. It was at Spa in the wet and I did not make it to the grid because I spun on the out lap.

Q: When you are at home, what do you listen to when driving?
RS:
Whatever my wife chooses - because she is in control of the radio when I am driving!

Q: Best part of being a Formula One driver - apart from the driving?
RS:
That has to be doing something I love and getting paid for it.

Q: Your most prized possession?
RS:
My family - my wife Cora and my son David.

Q: What would you be if you weren’t a racing driver?
RS:
I would probably still be working with vehicles in some way, maybe cars or boats or planes.

Q: Person you most admire?
RS:
I’m not sure, probably my mother.

Q: Do you have any bad habits?
RS:
I’m sure you know them all already!

Q: Last good deed you did?
RS:
When I visited India earlier in the season I made a trip to an institute which helps children in need. I spent time there trying to raise awareness of the good work they do.

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie?
RS:
Brad Pitt - because my wife likes him!