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Off-track insight - Renault's Alonso and Piquet reveal all 17 Jul 2008

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault and team mate Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 10 May 2008 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, 13 March 2008 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 9 May 2008 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault on the pit gantry.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 6 June 2008 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault R28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 5 July 2008

Later this month the Renault team will be busy celebrating two birthdays, with Nelson Piquet turning 23 on July 25 and Fernando Alonso marking his 27th birthday four days later. And to mark their drivers’ forthcoming birthdays, the French team met up with both Alonso and Piquet to find out more about their likes and dislikes…

Fernando Alonso:
My best birthday so far was… I think it was maybe two years ago, with the team in Hockenheim. They prepared a video and it was really nice!

My best birthday present I have got so far… when I was a kid, a remote control car that my grandma gave to me. I still remember it so it was a really nice gift!

I am a good guy because... Yes, I am… I respect everybody, I am a nice guy.

My dream GP would take place in… Oviedo, my hometown. I'd love to have a GP there.

Dog or cat? Dog.

Beer / wine / juice? Juice because I don't like beer or wine.

Surfing or skiing? Skiing.

Staircase or elevator? Elevator.

Hamburger/French Fries or gourmet? Gourmet.

SMS or E-mail? SMS.

Action movies or horror movies? Action movies.

Smart or casual look? Casual…Always.

Five-star comfort or adventure holiday in the bush? Adventure, definitely.

Rock or hip hop? It depends but more rock probably.

What would you never eat? Sushi.

Which famous person would you like to have coffee with once? Matt Damon, the actor.

Whom would you like to tell your opinion? Mr Bush.

Which was your most embarrassing moment? At an event, I was doing donuts in a road car and I almost rolled over, I didn't want to get out of the car to face the public… That's how embarrassed I was!

Which day will you never forget? I'd like to remember many days. I have lots of very important days in my life. One of them is probably the day I won my first world title in F1.

Which person did influence you the most? My father.

Which goal would you like to achieve in your life? Happiness. I'd like to be happy as it's not always easy to achieve these days. So I really would like to be happy in my life.

How long do you need in the morning to get ready? Two minutes…I am very quick!

What is on your iPod? All types of music: dance music when I train, pop, rock… mainly Spanish music though.

Which single item would you take to a remote island?My iPod to listen to some music, can I have more items? Then my wife, my family, my friends.

What personal strength can you rely on? My self confidence.

Where are you the happiest? On the podium!

The three things that you most cherish? My small cars, my big cars… and my remote control cars… My cars basically!

What is your personal motto? Live for the moment!

The word that you overuse the most? Toma! (come on!)

Nelson Piquet:
I would ideally like to celebrate my birthday… in Brazil with my family.

My best birthday so far was… my 18th in Brazil.

My best birthday present I have got so far was… my first car.

I am a good guy because… I have a big heart.

Before the start of a race I am… excited.

18 races a year is… just the right amount.

My dream Grand Prix would take place… in Brasilia, my hometown.

Dog or cat? Both

Beer / wine / juice? Juice

Surfing or skiing? Surfing

Staircase or elevator? Doesn't matter

Hamburger/French Fries or gourmet? Gourmet meal

SMS or E-mail? SMS

Action movies or horror movies? Action

Smart or casual look? Smart

Five-star comfort or adventure holiday in the bush? Five-star comfort

Rock or hip hop? Hip hop

What would you never eat? Spicy food.

Which famous person would you like to have coffee with once? Jack Bauer from 24.

Whom would you like to tell your opinion? My son, when I have one some day.

Which was your most embarrassing moment? Maybe stalling on the grid somewhere in F3.

Which day will you never forget? My GP2 weekend in Hungary (pole position, two race wins and two fastest laps).

Which luxury could you not do without? My house.

What did you get your latest ticket for? My last flight back to Brazil.

Which person has influenced you the most? My father.

Which goal would you like to achieve in your life? To be successful in my career and have a nice family.

How long do you need to get ready in the morning? Depends on how late I am in the morning.

What is on your iPod? 40GB of music!

Which single item would you take to a remote island? My girlfriend.

What weakness would you like to get rid of? Stress.

What personal strength can you rely on? Dedication.

What would you do if you were not an Formula One driver? Be a rally driver.

What do you secretly indulge on foodwise? I don't really eat bad stuff.

On which occasion do you lie? If it will get me out of trouble!

Where are you the happiest? Inside my R28.

The word that you over use the most? Really.

The three things that you most cherish? My family, my friends and my career.

What is your personal motto? Enjoy life, you only live once.