Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favorite buzz?
Valtteri Bottas: Swimming in an ice lake! Typically Finnish! (Laughs)
Q: Which film last made you cry?
VB: I can’t remember! Must have been way back in my childhood. Probably a film in the mould of a boy and his dog that had to overcome all kinds of adventures.
Q: What are you afraid of?
VB: Not really afraid of – but I would not go near snakes. Actually I would say I dislike them a lot.
Q: What was the last book you read?
VB: Oops. I have never read a book from start to finish in my life – so far!
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
VB: That I need to study a bit harder! Just think about me and the books! (Laughs)
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
VB: No, I don’t think so.
Q: Do you collect anything?
VB: Trophies. Now they’ve started to roll in again!
Q: What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?
VB: The peace. And friends and family!
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Q: What was your worst buy?
VB: It was this year in Monaco: I bought a self-opening umbrella and when I wanted to open it it exploded! Money for nothing! So my worst buys are still in the petty range!
Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
VB: Spinning behind the Safety Car in China!
Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
VB: China – spinning behind the Safety Car!
Q: Which superpower would you prefer: being able to fly or being able to become invisible?
VB: Very clearly: being able to become invisible. Imagine what I could see or hear without anybody knowing it. I could make a grab for world domination! (Laughs)
Q: What do you sing in the shower?
VB: No, I’ve never done that! I have done karaoke a few times – but never singing under the shower!
Q: You can invite 3 people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite?
VB: Ha! Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un. Would be nice to ask some questions!
Q: What’s the worst thing about being famous?
VB: That sometimes you feel you want to be invisible!
Q: What is on your bucket list?
VB: More pole positions, more wins! Win the championship! And there are a couple of places I want to travel to – with time!
Q: What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
VB: I cannot remember one – there have been so many. And nothing that was really entertaining…
Q: What was the best thing about being a child?
VB: That there’s no stress about anything. Not having to pay bills. Not having to answer hundreds of emails. Not being responsible for my actions…
Q: What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
VB: Travel to different places to see other cultures – and try to understand.