Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
Nico Hulkenberg: Chilling. In my free time I am the ‘king of chill out’. You also could use the term ‘couch potato’, but ‘king of chill out’ definitely sounds better! (Laughs)
Q: Which film last made you cry?
NH: I watched ‘Marley & Me’ recently on a plane and I really had to hold back tears.
Q: What are you afraid of?
NH: Spiders. Seeing one turns me into a screaming little girl. (Laughs)
Q: What was the last book you read?
NH: I am not a big reader, but recently I have been reading a book about Donald Trump. It is good to have a little idea about the new American President.
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
NH: That I am a fidget. That I am a little annoying kid who doesn’t pay attention!
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
NH: Chocolate. I have such a sweet tooth - always have had. And now with cars that forgive more (weight-wise), it is not as strictly necessary to keep the fingers off that brown, sweet temptation!
Q: Do you collect anything?
NH: Money. I think it’s a good collector’s item.
Q: What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?
NH: My own bed, my own fridge, my own smell and my own routine.
Q: What was your worst buy?
NH: Ha, a typical airport panic buy: headphones that I knew up front that I would not use - but I still bought them. That was pretty recently. The same thing happened some years ago with a not-so-cheap watch. Next day I looked at it and fell out of love with it, but it was too late…
Q: What’s your ideal non-race Sunday?
NH: Sleeping long, chilling long and eating nicely.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
NH: That is such a heavy question - the ‘ever made’ bit. You do make mistakes all the time and the best ones are those that nobody sees. (Laughs)
Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
NH: Let’s say in the Shanghai race.
Q: Which superpower would you prefer: being able to fly, or being able to become invisible?
NH: Being able to fly. No airports, no queuing up at counters - just spread your wings and fly!
Q: What do you sing in the shower?
NH: Sometimes I do sing. It’s not my regular routine, but sometimes I am in such a good mood that I can stand hearing myself sing. (Laughs)
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
NH: I have heard there is such a thing and that it can happen to people, but I am not the right material for it.
Q: What’s the worst thing about being famous?
NH: People taking selfies with me. I hate that.
Q: What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
NH: Every race weekend I get asked odd questions… I cannot remember - there are so many!
Q: You can invite three people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite?
NH: Donald Trump, Usain Bolt and - to spice it up - Marilyn Monroe.
Q: What was the best thing about being a child?
NH: You have no luggage. You can do things without thinking about any consequences, because somebody else is taking care of you.
Q: What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
NH: Probably going to the Bahamas? I haven’t been there, so it’s kind of goal for me.