In our column “Lotus Praga LMP2 Inside” we ask our race drivers about racing, race preparation, holidays and other personal subjects. Here are the answers of Vitantonio Liuzzi.
What did you do after Le Mans? Did you go on holidays? If yes, where did you go?
I have a beach club in Pescara (Italy) and it is open all summer this year. It is a beautiful place, especially in summer. I spent a lot of time there and I combined business with pleasure.
There will be 5 races on 3 different continents now. Do you have problems with the travelling and jet lag? What do you do to avoid jet lag?
I don’t have problems with jet lag. I have always been pretty lucky because I can sleep on a plane. This helps me to avoid jet lag and I can get used to the new time zone easily.
Which of the remaining races are you looking forward to the most?
Austin is the race I am looking forward to the most. I haven’t been there yet but the layout and the city seem to be very exciting and interesting.
What is special about driving anti-clockwise like in Interlagos? Is it more difficult or do you prepare for it in a different way?
Driving anti-clockwise means that you have to prepare your neck muscles in a different way. There are not many circuits on the calendar like Interlagos with a different driving direction, so you have to get used to it on the first laps. It can be quite hot in Brazil, so you need to have a really good fitness level to drive there.
How do you keep fit for the races? Which sports do you do and like?
I go to the gym every day and I do a lot of different sports like football, tennis or swimming.
What is your favourite music? Which music do you listen to before a race?
I listen to R&B and house music.
Do you have any superstitions before a race?
I don’t have superstitions anymore. But I used to wear my special racing underpants in the past.
Is your wife coming to all the races?
My wife is coming to some races because she loves racing.
What is your favourite food?
I am Italian, so my favourite food is pasta and pizza, of course!
If you wouldn’t be a race driver, which job would you have instead?
I didn’t think I would become anything else but a racing driver. If I wasn’t racing I would be involved in another professional sport.
Which headline would you like to read about you and Lotus Praga LMP2?
Lotus Praga LMP2 wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
What are your goals or wishes for the next races?
My goals and wishes are to win some races in FIA WEC.