The Secret Life of Adrian Sutil 16 Jul 2010
You will definitely know he is a Force India driver. You should know hes German. You probably know hes clinched 35 of his teams 47 points this season. And if youre a big fan you may even know he could have become a professional pianist. But we bet theres still plenty you dont know about Adrian Sutil, including his fear of spiders, his obsession with perfection and his penchant for pens. Sutil reveals all in the latest instalment of our Secret Life series
Q: Are you the kind of guy to have a Plan-B?
Adrian Sutil: Sometimes. I like to do things that are planned and organized properly. But if I want to get a bit more adventurous, I stop following Plan-A and move on to Plan-B. Overall I prefer everything to be very organized and straightforward, with irritations kept to a minimum.
Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
AS: My life is very much centred on cars. Even when I get home I drive my own cars. I am probably a bit of an adrenalin junkie even away from work. Recently I did some skydiving and that gave me a huge thrill.
Q: Who do you most look forward to seeing when you arrive in the paddock on a Thursday?
AS: I always look forward to entering our motor home - especially recently, as the motor home is all new and very chic. We have a laidback atmosphere in there and everyone in the team is like my extended family.
Q: Who is your dream date?
AS: If it is with a female date, Id say it would be with a good-looking, smart, lovely lady. If it was with someone I have always wanted to meet and speak to, then it would be with Sean Connery! I am not sure if it will ever happen, but if it does I will grab the chance. He was the best James Bond ever!
Q: Which film last made you cry?
AS: I am not a cry baby. For a film to get me close to crying then it would be because I was crying with laughter. It hasnt happened recently.
Q: What are you afraid of?
AS: I am afraid of spiders. I live in an old house and you sometimes come across them. They drive me crazy, especially when they have long legs!
Q: What was the last book you read?
AS: I am not a big reader. I am a movie guy. The last book I had a look at was about sailing.
Q: What is your favourite way to relax?
AS: To be at home on my own, listen to some music, look out of the window and empty my head. Sometimes I dont want to see anybody - I just want to be on my own.
Q: Name five things that you hate?
AS: Spiders and insects. Disorganisation and messy places - I cannot live with them. What else? I hate dirty cars. I am a fanatical car cleaner! When I am home alone, and dont know what to do, I start cleaning my car. Then I dont want to drive it anymore. Tidiness is very important for me. The shoes at the bottom of the bed have to be positioned perfectly otherwise I cannot sleep. Does that sound a bit mad? Probably. I want everything to be perfect.
Q: Have you ever dyed your hair?
AS: No, not really! Once in Formula Three I had a little blond streak of hair. In those days I thought it was cool - which it wasnt. But at least Ive tried it!
Q: What was the first CD you bought?
AS: It must have been a tape, and it must have been Michael Jackson. It was probably Thriller.
Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
AS: No I dont like tattoos or piercings.
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school reports?
AS: I was in trouble with my teachers a lot. I was always dreaming during lessons. I was in my own world. Physically I was in the classroom, but mentally I was miles away. I have achieved my dream so it must have worked well for me.
Q: Who were your childhood heroes?
AS: They were mostly movie stars. They were probably Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, or Sylvester Stallone as Rocky or Rambo. I was into action heroes.
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
AS: When I eat sweets at home I always feel bad. But I still do it sometimes. It makes me happy but I also know that I have to watch my weight. Sweets are on my mind everyday.
Q: Do you collect anything?
AS: Yes, I collect pens and model cars. I only started the pen collection last year because exceptional pens are quite expensive so I couldnt afford them before. My most exclusive one is called a Taj Mahal. I bought it after my good race in Malaysia as a treat.
Q: What do you miss most about home when you are on the road?
AS: I miss the place where I live. It is very quiet there and green.
Q: What was your worst buy?
AS: I hate to waste money on things that I dont need, so I am the last person to go shopping without a reason. When I buy things, I buy things that I need, so there is not one big thing that was a worst buy. Its probably only when I go to a restaurant really hungry and order too much food. You order three plates and then you can only eat one. That is a waste and I get upset with myself because there are so many people hungry in the world.
Q: How do you take your coffee?
AS: Black with a little sugar.
Q: Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?
AS: Sleep in until ten, have brunch, take my car and drive around in the mountains.
Q: What was your first vehicle?
AS: It was a smart roadster. It was very cool and was the envy of my friends.
Q: Whats the most embarrassing mistake youve ever made?
AS: Oh I still remember it very well. There were people just in a street taking photos for a magazine for German teenagers. They asked me if I would mind joining in the photo shoot. I almost immediately regretted it! There was a stupid story that went alongside the pictures and everybody at my school read it. I was a laughing stock for about a month.
Q: What is the best thing you can cook?
AS: I am not bad at cooking pasta. But Im not a great cook. I can do a really good Kaiserschmarrn, which is an Austrian dessert.