Watch Formula 1 drivers answer 7 questions about racing

You want me to sit down and say that straight away?

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[Interviewer] You guys ready?

Sorry, always into the camera or? Yeah.

Slate three, take one.

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I’m George Russell.

Hi, I’m Daniel Ricciardo.

I’m Lando Norris.

My name is Pierre Gasly.

I’m Esteban Ocon.

And I’m gonna be talking to you

about my experience in Formula One.

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Why do I race?

I wish I knew. [chuckles]

I race because of the thrill of speed.

That adrenaline rush is just incredible.

I race because I love competition, first of all.

I race because I love speed.

I love sitting in a race car and be on the limit,

on the edge.

And I race because that’s all

I did my whole life. [chuckles]

I am a super competitive person

so I need to have competition in my life in anything I do.

I get to compete driving the fastest cars

and racing the fastest cars in the world

and to me there is no better life than that so.

I wanna be the best driver there is.

I wanna be better than every other driver

that I’m racing against.

And I love it, simple as that.

Next question.

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I think if we had to have only one thing

and one thing only, it’s neck.

It’s our neck strength.

Have a strong neck, big neck.

Everything in the car is supported very well.

So I have the seat belts,

I have a seat which is made for me.

So it’s very, very comfortable.

The only thing which is not supported is our head.

It’s supported from behind

but it’s not supported on the side.

So Formula One cars are extremely quick in the corners,

we pull five and a half, six g,

which is difficult to describe to a person

that’s never tried it, but it’s like a jet.

Right? It’s like a jet flying in the air.

You know that warmup is so important

because you arrive, you’re sat on the grid,

those five lights are coming on,

and it can be split second decisions

that make a huge difference.

So a good warmup, getting the heart rate up.

You’re not too close to the race so it has some fatigue

but close enough

that you can carry that forward into that race start.

You know one day properly training to get bulked up

and then the other day to do a bit of cardio.

It’s two things that don’t match together,

but it’s very important to be physically good all around

in a Formula One car

’cause you need to be reactive, you need be strong

but you also need to have the endurance.

I would say being an athlete in general

require a lot of time, dedication,

which means you gotta make sacrifices

on other pleasures in life.

And if you wanna be the best in your sports

or even in your industry,

just the amount of focus and dedication and commitment

you gotta put into your work is huge.

Any more questions?

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You want me to talk about the whole thing?

I always call my parents, my parents call me.

So my mom always wants to hear my voice

before I go and race so that’s number one.

I like to have a little bit of a sleep.

I do some stretching, I do some quite simple things

before I get in the car.

And it’s a busy Sunday morning.

I always do like a power nap.

I take 15, 20 minutes an hour before the race.

And it’s my way of switching off

with any external sorts or pressure.

I usually have a coffee

like right before I kind of go to sleep,

and then, yeah, when I wake up 20 minutes later

I’m like super switched on

and feeling like super strong and ready for the race.

Get a little bit of blood flowing through some movement.

A little bit of adrenaline up,

but not to a point where I’m actually starting to use it.

It’s just prepping it, prepping it,

so that by the race start, let’s say firing.

Because the first lap of the race is the most important

and most of the time, the most critical part of our day.

The most important thing on race day is no distractions.

You’ve got to be in the zone, 110% focused on that one goal

which ultimate for all of us is to try and win.

I always jump from the right side into the cockpit.

The warmup tends to be very similar as well.

I have a playlist also that I put during my warmup.

So always in the same order.

A few little things like this

that has helped me to keep my routine

and once it works, you get the result,

well, I keep it the same.

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There are 20 Formula One drivers in the world

and I guess it’s only us 20

who can really truly represent with one another

because we’re in this position together.

When the helmet’s on all of this disappears

and you have this warrior mindset and you have one goal

which is to go forward to attack.

If I was driving on my own,

it would nowhere near be the same feeling,

I wouldn’t get the same satisfaction.

You know, there’s no one really

to push you to that next step

so the competition makes everything.

I love having battles.

I love having rivals.

I love going will to will.

I mean, winning is the highest feeling you can have,

but a close second is overtaking someone.

You know, if you’re able to pull off a massive overtake,

it’s a powerful feeling.

I think the thing which makes Formula One

very competitive and very difficult and special,

at all times everyone is your competition.

There is of course the guy you wanna beat

who is probably the champion from the previous year

but there’s never one competition.

I guess maybe in this time

where we are right now, it’s Ferrari

but next year it might not,

maybe it can be a Mercedes or it can be any other team.

It’s definitely a bit of an alpha kind of feeling.

I wouldn’t do it if the competition didn’t exist.

I’m not gonna give the name to all the other drivers

but I enjoy doing the races.

I’ve worked my whole life to get where I am today.

It’s a lot of fun.

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An aspect which I’m always trying to improve,

really making a point to be completely switched on,

have 100% clarity,

and also a little bit of aggression and anger

in the first 30, 60 seconds of the race.

That’s where I wanna be better than everyone.

And that’s what I’m working on getting better at.

To become world champion one day.

So it is not one thing to improve,

it’s a lot of different details

that you need to get right to reach that level,

but it is my ultimate target and that’s what I want to be.

I think the biggest thing for me is having mistakes.

Making these mistakes

allow you to learn, allow you to develop.

And if you go through your career,

especially as a youngster, making no mistakes,

you can’t learn from that.

And mistakes will always happen later down the line.

So not being afraid to make mistakes and learning from them.

And I believe that is the best way

to improve and develop your skills.

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For many years I had someone,

a psychologist who I would speak to

because especially my first year of Formula One,

there’s so much pressure.

There’s so many things to think about.

It can start to have quite a big impact on you as a person.

So speaking to someone, opening up,

saying what you struggle with,

then can really help you when you come into the races

and when you need to think of so many things

at the same time.

Most teams have between 500 and a thousand people.

So there’s a lot of pressure on us drivers

to perform and to deliver,

let alone the world watching in a way.

So that’s a pressure in itself.

We get support from the pits and our team during the race,

but it’s ultimately, it’s us behind the wheel.

So you kind of have to break down all the externals

and really just focus on the act.

And I think use that pressure as a platform

to show off, succeed, be the best.

I think if you get to a point where you can smile and laugh

in those high pressure moments,

then you’re two steps ahead of your competition.

There is of course, a lot of pressure in Formula One

when you are performing,

when you are feeling surrounded well, by the team,

by your team, by the people that you care,

I think this is the most important.

I think the entourage is probably the most important thing

and that helps you to keep the stress level low.

There’s one person who speaks to me

at any time during the races, there’s one person.

So he needs to know the right things to say to me sometimes

because of course we get angry,

we have a lot of emotions

when we’re driving a Formula One car.

So you can be happy, sad, frustrated, mad, angry, whatever.

Dealing with all of this and not letting it affect you

is very important.

So then also this one person who can speak to you,

he needs to know the right things to say

in order to to make you focus, in order to make you calm,

in order to make you do the best job that you can do.

For me personally, it’s not overthinking it,

and treating it like it’s any other session.

whether it’s a practice session, a qualifying session,

a day in the simulator,

I’m driving, it’s just another day driving.

I think it’s all up in your head

and if you overthink it and you try and overcompensate,

this is when the mistakes do happen.

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I wouldn’t say I’m the best with advice.

There’s many other things I can do better than give advice

but one thing I’ve learned, which is always hard to admit

is if you think you’re working hard,

if you think you’re spending a lot of time,

there’s probably always gonna be someone

who’s spending even more time

and trying to work even harder than you are.

Always trying to find that little bit more,

put in that little bit more effort,

it always pays off eventually.

The most important is to always believe in your dreams

no matter what happens.

I’ve faced the same situation

where people comes to you and tell you like,

there are only 20 drivers in Formula One in the entire world

so like basically you’ve got no chance.

Even if there is 0.0001% of chance, you’ll make it.

That’s the mentality that I followed

and it wasn’t always fun to listen to these guys

but it kind of fueled me up with so much energy

to prove them that, yeah, that’s not the right approach.

Like I think you should always fight for your dreams

and try to make them true

and it might not work, but at least you try

and then if it works then you end up

the happiest in your life.

My advice would be just enjoy what you do.

If you have the chance to race in go-kart already,

it is a big chance.

You know, a lot of drivers that I know

are not able to already race in karting.

So take your time.

If you are racing,

just don’t stress about it, just be yourself.

It needs to remain fun.

You need to be having fun whilst doing it.

And I think that is a way that you’ll keep enjoying it

and find ways to succeed.

Well, you need discipline,

you need motivation, determination,

all these things to try to separate you from the rest

’cause many can do it, many are talented to do it.

I think if you keep it fun

and really have that as the core of why you’re doing it,

then I think that’s kind of the easiest way

to succeed with it.

Keep practicing, work as hard as possible.

It’s never enough.

If you think it’s enough, it’s not

and you need to go above and beyond

and show everybody how willing you are to succeed.

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Adios.

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[driver laughs]

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