Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
Carlos Sainz: Driving a rally car. One day I want to race in one of the big rallies.
Q: Which film last made you cry?
CS: I have never cried watching a film, but the film ‘Lion’ made me very emotional.
Q: What are you afraid of?
CS: Doing something risky that I am not able to control. I am a bit of a risk-lover, but I have to be in control - not somebody else taking me down the risk-alley!
Q: What was the last book you read?
CS: The autobiography of Andre Agassi, about a year ago.
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
CS: That I didn’t like to study, that I was a bit lazy, but that I was smart enough to charm my way through exams! (Laughs)
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
CS: Hamburgers. I have the opposite of a ‘sweet tooth’.
Q: Do you collect anything?
CS: My helmets and caps from every year.
Q: What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?
CS: My own bed, my own sheets, my own pillows and my own shower.
Q: What was your worst buy?
CS: I hate going shopping, so I buy very few things - so the percentage of bad buys is close to zero. And worst buy? Never!
Q: What’s your ideal non-race Sunday?
CS: Go running early morning, have lunch with the whole family – and that is a big one – then play golf in the afternoon and probably later in the evening go to a movie.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
CS: Spinning all by myself in one of my first races in Formula BMW. Nobody forced me into that stupidity – there was nobody around and I spun.
Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
CS: Ha, sure everybody thinks it was the Bahrain race - wrong! It was the Saturday in Bahrain when I went out in Q1. Sunday [when Sainz crashed into Lance Stroll] it was in the heat of the race – and there **** can happen!
Q: Which superpower would you prefer: being able to fly or being able to become invisible?
CS: Being able to fly - definitely. It would make life so much easier! Just think: you spread your arms and take off directly from the racetrack. But only if no strange outfit like tights or a cape is involved! (Laughs)
Q: What do you sing in the shower?
CS: I don’t sing. I am a passive music listener!
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
CS: No. Attraction yes, but not love.
Q: What’s the worst thing about being famous?
CS: Up until now I have not been that famous that I cannot stand it. But sometimes it is odd when you are in a restaurant and people stare at you. They don’t say anything, they don’t come for an autograph – they just stare and that’s a bit weird! But that happens only in Spain. I live in London and there hardly anyone ever recognises me.
Q: What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
CS: It was a bit dirty – so I will not say!
Q: What’s on your ‘Bucket list’?
CS: Fighting for the F1 world championship, then doing a Rally – and then let’s see what comes after that.
Q: You can invite three people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite?
CS: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Rafael Nadal.
Q: What was the best thing about being a child?
CS: That I always had my parents to bail me out. That it was a responsibility-free life!
Q: What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
CS: Driving a Formula One car. That is a sensation that I would want my family to experience once – so they get to see how I feel every second weekend!