What did you know about your teammate before this season?
Luiz: Nothing much. He’s Italian and I had a few conversations with him...
Davide: Not so much. He’s Brazilian.
Davide: He was friends with my old teammate Valerio. I knew he was a good guy because I saw him and his family in the paddock, but that’s it.
Luiz: Davide is a good guy.
What are each other’s greatest strengths?
Luiz: Davide is good at bouncing back and he pushes the team a lot which is very good and important.
Davide: I think one of his best strength is that he is consistent during the race.
Davide: I don’t know. Sometimes, he loses his way during a race weekend. For instance in Monaco it was very good for me, it’s a shame Luiz could not get good results as well. The beginning of a race weekend is always the most critical part and it’s a shame he lost some chances in Monte Carlo where everything went wrong for him from the start.
Luiz: Maybe sometime, Davide gets very angry... (Laughs) He can get very loud! He curses a lot...
Who gets to the circuit the latest?
Luiz: Oh Davide. Easy!
Davide: It’s true...
Who is the most successful with the ladies?
Luiz: We cannot say that...
Davide: I think Luiz is better than me because at the moment I am single and he has a girlfriend!
Luiz: Brazilian and Italian women are beautiful. We are very lucky.
Are you superstitious?
Luiz: Not so much. I have to get in the car from the right. I’ve done this since go-kart.
Davide: If there is something that I do and I get good results during the race, then I repeat it, like using one helmet for the feature race and using a second helmet for the sprint race... Or using the same overall for race 1 and a second overall for race 2. When the results are not good like in Silverstone, the next race, I changed everything. (Laughs)
Luiz: Even the colour of the car!
Who will have the best road car in ten years time?
Luiz: This is too difficult to know...
Davide: I have a red Fiat Punto now so I don’t think it will be difficult for me to have a better car than this one in ten years! But I think Luiz will have a better one. We will see.
Luiz: We will tell you in ten years.
Who will have the most beautiful wife in ten years time?
Davide: Well, seeing how I don’t have anyone now, I hope that the one I choose to become my wife will be incredible. I hope I will regain all the positions that I lost in the past and get extra points for being single now and have a very beautiful woman in ten years! I would really appreciate it Luiz if you let me this chance!
Who has the best fashion sense?
Luiz: Maybe Luca Filippi! (He laughs)
Davide: I don’t like fashion so much.
Who is the shyest?
Luiz: I don’t know...
Davide: We are normal. I don’t like talking to the other drivers because we have to beat them on the track. I don’t have many friends in the racing world. But otherwise I make friends easily outside the track.
Luiz: Same for me.
Who is your favourite sportsman or sportswoman?
Luiz: I like Roger Federer a lot and Lance Armstrong.
Davide: I am a sports fan. I follow it a lot. I like the underdogs. In Italy, when everyone is pushing for Rossi, I like Stoner. But now that he is becoming the best, I might change for next season. In Formula One now, my favourite is Hamilton and I am really sorry that he’s not racing for Ferrari... If he was joining the team, it would be really good. Hamilton is more aggressive than Alonso. Maybe Alonso is a bit better in the end, but Hamilton makes racing interesting.
Luiz: I prefer Alonso.
Who tells the most jokes?
Luiz: Humphrey (Corbett) I think! I don’t tell a lot of jokes.
Davide: We leave it to the team to do the jokes.
Luiz, if you were to invite Davide for dinner what would you cook? Same question for Davide.
Luiz: He likes pizza. So I will probably go and buy one. I’ll put it in the microwave and pretend I did it myself. (Laughs)
Davide: I would serve you biscuits, ice creams, ...
Davide: I’ll serve you all the things that I like so that I will enjoy the dinner.
Who has the most contacts in their phone?
Davide: Seeing how my phone is ancient and does not even have a camera, I doubt it has more contacts than in Luiz’ phone! I don’t like phones so much... Same about computers!
Luiz: You’re not even a competitor!