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A chat about suits and watches with the F1 fron­trun­ner

In the bus y in­ter­na­tional For­mula One an­nual c al­en­dar, what ar e your favourite places t o visit? It’s the three M’s re­ally – Mel­bourne Monaco and Mon­treal. Monaco is home, and then the best races – Mel­bourne is al­ways cool and Mon­treal is very much like Mel­bourne ac­tu­ally – the peo­ple are en­thu­si­as­tic, the city is al­ways fun with great restau­rants. It’s just a nice lo­ca­tion. There’s be en s ome crit­i­cism of For­mula One as a spor t in r ecent time s – ar e you con­fi­dent about it s fu­ture? I am. I re­ally love the sport. I’m sure it’s go­ing to be of in­ter­est to many peo­ple for many years to come. It’s one of the big­gest re­oc­cur­ring sport­ing events in the world, and a mas­sive spec­ta­tor sport. Nev­er­the­less, there have been crit­i­cisms and we can do things bet­ter. We’re rein­vent­ing our­selves this year, with the qual­i­fy­ing rules and no ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion and only three types of tyre al­lowed to add more vari­abil­ity, so the sport has been think­ing about things and is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion, and I’m sure it’s go­ing to be very ex­cit­ing into the fu­ture. You al­ways s eem to get to s ome good restau­rants when you’re in Mel­bourne, yet all the driv ers ar e supremely fit – ho w do you main­tain a die t while on the r oad? Yes, great! I’m on a diet while I’m faced with all these amaz­ing restau­rants. But nor­mally, when the sea­son fin­ishes, that’s when I start my diet! Be­cause dur­ing the sea­son when I’m trav­el­ling – when I’m at home, di­et­ing is no prob­lem – but as soon as I get out the door and am on the road it’s just so much more di“cult. There are bits and pieces on o er ev­ery­where and it be­comes chal­leng­ing to main­tain a strict diet. You’ve had a long as so­ci­a­tion now with Hugo Boss – why doe s the br and work f or you? Be­cause they do great suits and I love wear­ing suits and I also love tai­lor-made suits, so it’s a great com­bi­na­tion. Not only that but even their nor­mal ca­sual looks are very much down my al­ley. I was just there last week choos­ing loads and loads of ca­sual out­fits for the year.

How de tailed is tha t process? I go straight through the col­lec­tion and usu­ally I have a pretty good idea of what I like and what I’m af­ter. I don’t go too crazy with my choices, I like to stay clas­sic in my ap­proach to dress­ing, and I’ve al­ways been like that. How do you ap­proach shop­ping f or clothe s? I don’t like shop­ping. That’s why I go to Hugo Boss be­cause it’s easy! Other than that, I don’t like to go into shops. My wife, she can go to the shop for me and pick out things and they’ll be per­fect, and I re­ally rely on her for that. You’re als oa f an of IWC Scha ffhausen and we see you’re wear­ing one of it s pi­lot watches – do you have your eyes on an y oth­ers? I have my eyes on – and have asked af­ter – the Big Pi­lot’s Watch 55, the new ver­sion of a leg­endary watch. And I might have to try and get the old one, which is from the 1940s? ( A long three-way dis­cus­sion about the his­tory of IWC pi­lot’s watches with IWC’S re­gional man­ager Chris­tian Wester­meyer en­sues). Let’s see if I can get one, I’m try­ing. Any other weak­nesses when it c omes to lux­ury? I like driv­ing clas­sic cars but I wouldn’t re­ally call it a weak­ness be­cause I en­joy it so much.

Has be com­ing a p ar­ent changed your life sig­nif­i­cantly? It’s not so di er­ent for me. The job is the same for me and at home, I just feel more re­spon­si­bil­ity long-term to make sure my daugh­ter has a won­der­ful life, but oth­er­wise it hasn’t changed that much. What s ort of thing s do you do t o get away from the pr es­sure of lif e as a Gr and P rix driver? I like cycling, sports in gen­eral, games like backgam­mon… in­vest­ing. Not nec­es­sar­ily in stocks but lots of things... as a cre­ative pur­suit. I have some sav­ings of course, from rac­ing, so yes, there’s some prop­erty, shares and bonds. Every­thing goes in waves, all around the world. Prop­erty in Lon­don was great to be in four years ago but now, not so much. It’s good to be ahead of the wave rather than on the wave and if you get that right, you’ll have suc­cess. I en­joy the chal­lenge of it, to try and be ahead of every­thing else. How do you han­dle the pr es­sure and at­ten­tion tha t comes with be­ing a t the top of a glob al spor t? A lot of it is about get­ting used to it… be­cause I have done this all my life. I’ve been rac­ing for 20 years. And b y watch­ing your fa­ther’s ex­pe­ri­ence? Not re­ally with how to man­age the ca­reer sit­u­a­tion, no. It was more a mat­ter of be­com­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in this life my­self. What doe s lif e a fter rac­ing look like? Maybe some en­tre­pre­neur­ial stu . I would like to stay in rac­ing in some ca­pac­ity, but I don’t re­ally think about it a lot for the mo­ment. Hav­ing vis­ited here man y time s now, do you find Aus­tralians one of the mor e en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­enc es f or your spor t? They’re def­i­nitely one of the most re­cep­tive. And now you have an Aus­tralian hero in Daniel Ric­cia­rdo to fol­low within the sport and you’re very lucky be­cause there’s a great fu­ture in For­mula One for him. Un­for­tu­nately he just doesn’t have the right car at the mo­ment but he will get bet­ter.

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