Telmex Arden's Sergio Perez and Edoardo Mortara discuss
What did your teammate do before landing a GP2 drive?
Sergio: I know! F3 Euroseries. He finished second in the championship.
Edoardo: You finish fourth in British F3 after leading a big part of the season.
What are his greatest strengths?
Sergio: Well, he comes to a circuit without knowing it, but he can still be fast straight away. He makes it look easy.
Edoardo: I think Sergio is a great teammate. We have the same driving style. We can improve the set up of the car together. He is constant and never makes big mistakes. It allows him to qualify well.
What are his weaknesses?
Sergio: For sure, he doesn’t like it when you overtake him, but no one likes that! What else? I don’t know him that much I guess. I’m always in front of him Laughs
Edoardo: Off track? laughs We are both living in different places. We only meet on the track or the workshop. It’s difficult to find his weaknesses. But on the track, he is a complete driver. Maybe, he lacks of experience, but we both need it. We are both making mistakes. In qualy, he is more efficient than me I guess. Wasn’t I supposed to talk about Sergio’s weaknesses? I’m too nice!
Sergio: It’s because I have none! Laughs
Who gets the latest to the track?
Sergio: We both want to arrive on time and as early as possible. We are competing. In the morning, I arrive earlier and sometimes he gets lost!
Edoardo: We are both Latin! Getting up early is not our thing!
Sergio: We are always on time. That’s what matters, right? Latin, but on time!
Edoardo: We are serious…
Who is the wildest on track // off track?__
Sergio: Laughs… Hmm… I don’t know: I think we are both very wild. I don’t know: it depends on the moment. If you are on a quick lap, you want to finish the lap. Off track, I’m pretty wild to tell you the truth! I don’t know Edoardo that well off the track. But I know I’m wild!
Edoardo: On track, I think we are wild, but in the good sense of the word. You have to ask the other drivers to see if I’m wild or not. Probably they will tell you that I am, but I try to avoid contacts and to get the best results. And off track, I’m a pretty simple guy: sometimes I go out with some friends, but I’m not going crazy.
Who is the most successful with the ladies?
Sergio: Hmm… At the moment, I’m very focused on my career, so I don’t really have the time to be with a girl or for a relationship. My priority is racing. And I heard some stories about Edoardo regarding the ladies laughs
Edoardo: Really? Laughs I don’t think I’m really… successful. I’m trying to be normal. I had ladies, I’m still… uh…
Edoardo: My job is to be a racing driver. I put it in front of everything else. And I found someone nine months ago. Maybe I was wilder before, now I’m tamed Laughs.
Are you superstitious?
Sergio: Oh yeah. Big time! Starts showing some bracelets This is from my grandmother. This is something that a friend gave me. I always wear them.
Edoardo: And I have stripes in my hair. I started wearing them last year and I won. So, yes, I am superstitious too. Plus, that way, I don’t look like the others!
Who will have the nicest car in ten years?
Sergio: I will be richer, so I will have the nicest car! Laughs
Edoardo: And what will it be?
Sergio: I would like to have a Lamborghini. A yellow one! So that people see that I have one!
Edoardo: Laughs of course! If you have to buy a Lamborghini, you have to buy it yellow! Laughs. A dream car for me is a good SUV like a Cayenne or a Tuareg because I live near the mountains. You know, being a racing driver, you already have the big sensations at the wheel of the best and most powerful cars in the world. On the road, for me, it doesn’t really matter if the car is powerful. I want it to be comfortable. Right now, I’m driving a Golf and I’m fine with it Laughs.
Who will have the most beautiful wife in ten years?
Sergio: I’ll try to find her, but it’s difficult. I don’t even know if I’ll be married in ten years. I will still be too young I think! You cannot plan your life.
Edoardo: When you are married, you’re like stuck Laughs. It’s not about being with someone beautiful it’s more about being with someone interesting. If they are nice looking, it will be a nice plus!
How best would you describe your teammate?
Edoardo: We are both fighters.
Who has the best fashion sense?
Sergio: He’s Italian! I thought I had cool sunglasses when we were doing GP2 Asia, but everyone was making fun of them. Actually, Karun Chandhok was wearing them as well…
Edoardo: I think Sergio has a better fashion sense than me. I am always wearing the same clothes. I don’t like shopping: it’s pretty boring! I steal clothes from my brother. I’m not really into fashion.
Who is the shyest?
Sergio: Everybody says I am very shy. I am shy to some people when they are strangers. It takes time for me to get comfortable around new people.
Edoardo: I’m pretty shy as well. Growing up, when you are a racing driver, you are alone and you are getting used to it. For me, it’s pretty difficult to socialise although it’s part of our job as well.
Sergio: Sometimes, my family thinks I don’t socialise enough, but I like to be on my own and I enjoy it.
Who is your favourite sportsman? Sportswoman?
Sergio: Ayrton Senna. And Lorena Ochoa because she’s from my hometown. Plus, she’s really hot!
Edoardo: I don’t know… Because I really like football: Cristiano Ronaldo. He is a natural and talented. But he is working so hard.
Who tells the most jokes?
Sergio: I think Edoardo does. When I’m with my friends, I make a lot of jokes, but not around the team.
Edoardo: I’m joking pretty often or at least I’m trying! I like to create a nice atmosphere. It’s a good way to build a team.
Sergio, if you were to invite Edoardo to dinner, what would you cook? Same question for Edoardo.
Edoardo: I’m always cooking pasta because it’s pretty easy, not because I’m Italian. I would make some really nice pasta for Sergio with a special sauce Laughs.
Who has the most contacts in their phone?
Edoardo: No! I’m sure that it is Sergio because I’m always deleting contacts! If you don’t call me for a long time, I just delete your phone number because it’s just taking memory space for nothing! Laughs