What were the most challenging aspects of changing teams? And what about the easiest change to get used to?
The easiest was definitely getting used to Italian culture and people. Spaniards and Italians are similar in a way. I love the food, the people, and I find it very easy to get along with everyone around me. The most challenging aspect was probably adapting my driving style to the car and change my way of doing certain corners and some other bits. Also probably getting to know the whole team and the way the team operates.
Have you developed any rituals or routines when faced with such a large challenge to your life and career?
I know that what I was doing before joining Ferrari worked well, so my goal was to simply bring my work ethic and methodology into Ferrari, and so far, it is working well.
Formula 1 isn’t a stranger to change. The sport itself changes every season with new tracks, changes to existing tracks, new regulations and different setups. How does it feel to be part of a sport which is in constant evolution?
Formula 1 is the pinnacle of sport, of motor sport in general, and the most beautiful part of it is that every season there are new challenges, every year that goes by the car changes, the engineers come up with clever ideas, and drivers come up with different ways to drive and to explore the car potential.
So, do you enjoy the fact that the sport is changing so much every season, or in some cases even every race?
I like it, I enjoy it. I think it is part of Formula 1, the constant evolution and constant change. And it is the way it should be, because everyone in Formula 1 wants to get better and better every race that goes by and make our amazing sport not only quicker and faster, but also more sustainable and more equalitarian. In that sense, Formula 1 is developing well.
How important is flexibility and adapting quickly to changes in Formula 1?
It is part of the basics of Formula 1. You are in constant evolution, so you need to always be open-minded to change some things and try to improve. This is why Formula 1 has been evolving for so many years and it’s always been a pioneer in so many aspects and so many things, and it is why Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport.