6. OK, so how do you celebrate the World Championship?
Well, that’s the last race of the year, so we party. I’m usually a little hungover the next day, but I’ll head to Dubai and go skydiving. You can be a little looser and take a few more risks once the season is over.
7. Do you have a personal motto?
I have a tattoo on my back that says, “Still I Rise.” My younger brother was born with cerebral palsy, and I grew up watching him struggle to walk. He would fall over, get back up and never complain. Then one day I read the Maya Angelou poem “Still I Rise,” and it really resonated with me. We all stumble on a daily basis, but it’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up. I really noticed that with my brother. Today he’s racing cars and doing things people told him he wouldn’t do.
8. You also talk a lot about the importance of self-love. Why?
Because you can’t really care about people’s opinions and you have to learn to love yourself and do what you love doing. In the society we’re in today, people are always on social media looking for validation, but you only need that from yourself. I wake up in the morning and say to myself, I love you, buddy. Well, I don’t actually say that out loud … but I tell it to myself internally. It’s super important to feel good, so I work out and do other projects and give my all.
9. Who are your role models?
Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, my dad … I have many mentors too. Businessmen and businesswomen who I go to for advice. I think it’s important to have mentors and role models.