A race weekend with Nico Rosberg 22 Jul 2008
Finishing in 10th place may not be the dream ending to your home Grand Prix, but having enjoyed so many successes at Hockenheim in the past, Williams driver Nico Rosberg still retains his affection for the German circuit.
It was there that we caught up with Rosberg to find out about his race in Germany and discover a little more about how he likes to spend his time in the office over a race weekend
Q: We were at Hockenheim this weekend, what do you associate with this circuit?
Nico Rosberg: I associate this track with my first race wins. In Formula BMW I won here a lot - and I would not mind repeating it in Formula One, although this weekend it was not to be. And yes, of course its my home circuit, but apart from that I truly love the track - it is one of my favorite tracks on the F1 calendar.
Q: You dont take to the circuit until Friday morning, but when do you like to fly in?
NR: Usually I like to fly in on Thursday morning, and if thats not possible Wednesday evening. But that only goes for the European races. If we are racing on other continents, you can add on two days, as you need the extra time to get used to the climate and the time difference.
Q: Do you make an effort to discover your surroundings at a race, or do you stick to the airport-hotel-track-airport itinerary?
NR: In Europe I stick to the usual airport-track - and in my case motorhome - airport itinerary. At the fly-away races when I arrive a few days early, I like to discover my surroundings - and that can be pretty exciting sometimes.
Q: Whats your exercise regime over a race weekend? Does it vary according to the race location, demands of the circuit etc?
NR: Well, I dont really do much. Sometimes I go for a walk or run to keep my body going but otherwise I dont really do much except for a warm-up before driving.
Q: Whats your preferred accommodation at races - city hotel, hotel near the circuit, your own motorhome near the paddock?
NR: I have my own motorhome at the European races and thats by far the best option for me. Myself and the other motorhomers Jenson (Button), David (Coulthard) and Mark (Webber) form a sort of corral - a community of drivers on wheels. Outside Europe, I prefer a good hotel close to the track.
Q: Is there anything you have to have provided in your hotel room, or any luxuries you always bring with you from home?
NR: The usual stuff - my computer, my iPod and my indoor flip-flops, which are comfortable and warm.
Q: Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family during a race weekend?
NR: Yeah, I like to have friends around. In the evening we sit around and have - I was just going to say some beers - but they have the beers and I have water.
Q: Do you get the chance to go out and socialize on Friday and Saturday night?
NR: Yes, sometimes I do. Like in Magny-Cours where we played a little bit of poker on Saturday evening. We definitely do have the chance to socialize even on a race weekend.
Q: Any drivers you particularly like hanging out with?
NR: Apart from the motorhome guys, I hang out with Felipe (Massa) and Lewis (Hamilton). It depends. Actually I get along with quite a few drivers.
Q: Your favorite race for nightlife?
NR: Montreal, Melbourne or Budapest.
Q: Whats the best night out youve had at a Grand Prix? And have you ever overslept the next morning?
NR: That would be Sunday night in Monaco, and yes, I have definitely overslept the next morning.
Q: What do you have for breakfast on a race Sunday?
NR: My usual cereal.
Q: How much do you drink over a race weekend? And what?
NR: I drink a lot on a race weekend, although it depends what race it is. Sometimes it can be up to ten litres. It is a special drink that gives me back the nutrients that I lose when I sweat.
Q: How do you spend the morning on race Sunday?
NR: The morning on a race Sunday I normally relax in my motorhome or, if theres time, I go for a run.
Q: How do you like to get to the circuit on Sunday morning? Do you drive yourself?
NR: I usually prefer not to drive myself. If possible, I use a scooter if there is a lot of traffic. Otherwise I use a car and get driven to the circuit.
Q: How do you like to spend the hour or so before the race? Any superstitions or pre-race rituals you always go through to bring you luck?
NR: I go through a concentration phase and then the normal warm-up before the race. No rituals or superstitions whatsoever.
Q: Do you have a lucky charm?
NR: No, I dont have a luck charm.
Q: What do you do to stay calm as youre sat on the grid awaiting the formation lap?
NR: I just concentrate on being focused.
Q: How do you wind down after the race?
NR: After the race I like to eat a lot to fill me up. And I drink a lot. Later in the evening - if we are not in Melbourne, Monaco or Montreal - I relax, watch television, basically do some very ordinary things.
Q: If things dont go your way and you retire early, do you prefer to get away as soon as possible, or hang out and watch the rest of the race?
NR: Obviously I would like to leave the track immediately after a premature retirement but I stay at the track until after the race because there is a debrief - and I am available for the media.