How well do you know your teammate?

Telmex Arden's Sergio Perez and Edoardo Mortara discuss

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…

Sergio: Laughs

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?

Sergio: I think Edoardo would be a tiger Laughs or a snake Laughs Kind of!

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.

Sergio: I actually cook quite often at home. I normally do microwave rice! Laughs It’s not difficult to make Laughs. If Edoardo comes to my house, I will cook something more difficult of course.

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?

Sergio: Edoardo!

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


on Friday 24 Jul 2009 - 22:09 by Donna

Bless, they seem to get on very well for team mates!

on Friday 24 Jul 2009 - 22:09 by Donna

Bless, they seem to get on very well for team mates!

on Friday 24 Jul 2009 - 22:10 by Donna

Damn. Double post fail.

on Friday 24 Jul 2009 - 22:51 by Giggles

I wonder what that 'special sauce' would be made of... great interview!!

on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 - 00:39 by Leonardo

As a mexican i´m very proud of Sergio but for sure i have the same oppinion for all the guys that drive in the Gp2 like Edoardo.
It seems that they are really comfortable with each other, and finally i hope to see Sergio driving an F1 Car.

on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 - 04:12 by Terrie

It is nice to see team mates who seem to get along well and can have a laugh together. it is always good to learn something new about the drivers and it is even better when your asking their team mates.It makes it extra fun to read and i already love reading the blog as most of the time i have a giggle. Thank you guys.

on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 - 09:50 by Alexa

Clos//di Grassi will be next...

Let me know who you would like to read after that - we will make it happen for Valencia!


on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 - 16:53 by virgie

Nice interview!! I think both Sergio and Edoardo are great guys, on and off track. Good luck to them!!

on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 - 17:00 by loco

Venga Checo ud. es la onda en la pista y seguir dandole karate a los demas pilotos, tienes un buen auto y un estilo peculiar y particular

on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 - 18:58 by daniel

sergio is amazing person... also is very frendly an incredible pilot. with 18 years old im sure he is potencial F1 star.

on Saturday 25 Jul 2009 - 23:25 by Memo

Dear Edoardo! I do perfectly match for your description as your ideal woman. Really. You can trust me. Do you let me to give you my phone number?? :D Or you can simply pick me up at Hungaroring. I'll be at the chicane, you will recognise me... I'll waving so much that people will move away from my near :D
Good luck for the sprint!

on Sunday 26 Jul 2009 - 02:09 by David, er... I mean Steve

I think we, er.. I mean you, should interview Karun and Alvaro next. I think we ... er, I mean you, will have a great time in the ORT truck for that little feature!


Not David

on Sunday 26 Jul 2009 - 06:00 by Terrie

I would love to see Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg Interviewed.I think it would be interesting reading.
Thank you.

on Sunday 26 Jul 2009 - 09:10 by Alexa

Thank you Terrie and "not David": two excellent suggestions. David an I were also thinking about a Kobayashi//d'Ambrosio feature.
I'm also thinking about Rigon//Teixeira: these two are really good friends. You can see one without the other in the paddock.


on Monday 27 Jul 2009 - 06:00 by Terrie

Alexa. All good choices but definitely Pastor and Nico. But then again i am a little biased.

on Saturday 29 Aug 2009 - 00:43 by Jorge

I have the sense that Sergio is going to repeat the podium in both races this weekend.
All of us in Guadalajara are proud of him.

on Saturday 29 Aug 2009 - 00:43 by Jorge

I have the sense that Sergio is going to repeat the podium in both races this weekend.
All of us in Guadalajara are proud of him.

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