The Secret Life of Sebastien Buemi 14 Jul 2010
He races for Toro Rosso, he hails from Switzerland, his best finish was seventh at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix and he has scored 13 points from 27 starts. These are just a few things we do know about Sebastien Buemi. A driver, however, is more than his statistics, his team or his country of birth. We delve a little deeper to find out about Buemis past as a school chatterbox, his youthful interest in Californian punk music and his hatred of Brussels sprouts
Q: Are you the kind of guy to have a Plan-B?
Sebastien Buemi: I always go for Plan-A! Period!
Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
SB: I like to ski - either on water or on mountains. I like to be with my family because in reality I dont have the time to be with them very often.
Q: Who do you most look forward to seeing when you arrive in the paddock on a Thursday?
SB: Im always looking forward to seeing the new parts for my car! The kind of updates that let you find half a second on the track.
Q: Who is your dream date?
SB: In the professional world I would like to talk to Roger Federer. He is also a Swiss guy, and boy has he been doing well for many years. There are also so many girls I would like to talk to
Q: Which film last made you cry?
SB: It was not so long ago. Its called My Sisters Keeper and stars Cameron Diaz as a woman who has two daughters. One of the daughters has leukaemia and the other was only conceived to be a sort of spare part warehouse for her older sister. It was heart wrenching.
Q: What are you afraid of?
SB: I am afraid of not being able to show my real potential. In Formula One everything goes so quickly. If you dont have a good car at the right moment you could maybe walk out of the paddock without ever having been able to show your true colours.
Q: What was the last book you read?
SB: To be honest I am not a big reader. I read a lot of magazines. So when I think about the last proper book I read, it was probably a Harry Potter.
Q: What is your favourite way to relax?
SB: I like to be back home in Switzerland - in the garden of my parents house - just doing normal stuff like having a BBQ with friends.
Q: Name five things that you hate?
SB: I hate losing and I hate being behind my team mate! You want me to name five things? Gee, thats a lot I hate to eat Brussels sprouts. My mum loves them so they are frequently found on our table at home, but I dearly hate them. I dont like it when people tell me what to do and I hate to get beaten by my brother, when we are playing ping pong for example.
Q: Have you ever dyed your hair?
SB: Ive never done it, and have never really wasted any time thinking about it. But maybe if something really important happens - who knows
Q: What was the first CD you bought?
SB: It must have been something by Californian punk band The Offspring. I must have been around 12 years-old.
Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
SB: No. And I dont think I will get any in the near future. My girlfriend hates them, as does my mum, and I feel rather lukewarm about the thought of them.
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school reports?
SB: I talked too much and was chatting during lessons.
Q: Who were your childhood heroes?
SB: Michael Schumacher. I read everything about him.
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
SB: I like to eat a lot of sweets - but I dont have any problem with it.
Q: Do you collect anything?
SB: I was collecting stickers for the Panini World Cup album. I only finished it last week.
Q: What do you miss most about home when you are on the road?
SB: My mums cooking. I sometimes feel so tired of all this airline and hotel food.
Q: What was your worst buy?
SB: In the past I didnt buy so many things because I didnt have much money, but lately Ive realized that I have far too many clothes. My closet is pretty full of stuff that I havent even worn once!
Q: How do you take your coffee?
SB: I have an espresso with a bit of milk.
Q: Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?
SB: I wake up in Switzerland at 10, watch TV and then get ready for a nice family lunch. Nothing sensational but very comfy!
Q: What was your first vehicle?
SB: Oh yes, I remember. It was a Yamaha 50cc motorbike, which my father had bought for me when I was six months old! I still have it.
Q: Whats the most embarrassing mistake youve ever made?
SB: Oh yes. I can still remember. It was at a sponsorship event at the Paul Ricard track with DC (David Coulthard), Mark (Webber) and Kimi (Raikkonen). We were driving R8 cars and I destroyed mine! At Paul Ricard! Everybody will tell you that with the massive run-off zones at this track it is virtually impossible to destroy a car, but I did it! I came back to the pits very red faced!
Q: What is the best thing you can cook?
SV: I am not really into cooking. The best thing I can cook is meat with broccoli and potatoes.
Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
SB: It was in China when (Vitantonio) Liuzzi spun in his Force India and took me out too. I was so well prepared for that race with wet tyres and a perfect set-up. I had everything in place for a good result, and then the race was over in the fourth corner. I was really annoyed!