Quick and Dirty: Gary Paffett
Short questions, fast answers. DTM.com wanted to know how quick-witted the drivers are. Here you will find out personal things about the drivers racing in the touring-car series. We also talked with DTM-Champion Gary Paffett.
Please tell us three attributes describing you as racing driver...
Fast, aggressive, powerful.
Who was your teenage idol?
I admired Ayrton Senna as driver. He was important for my decision to become a racing driver. But my dad was the person I looked up at. He was the one who made me take my first steps on the motor-racing ladder. He is a true motor-sport enthusiast and my biggest role model. Even today he attends – if possible – each of my races live.
Is there a sport you have no talent in at all and why?
Probably. There are several sports I didn’t have a go at. I think long-distance running arguably wouldn’t be my cup of tea. In all the sports I tried there always was somebody who was better than me. But I do rather well in every sport I’m putting time and effort into. I just played a round of golf for the first time in several years. I was really very bad. But I think I’d be good with a certain amount of practice.
What would your profession be if you hadn’t become a racing driver?
A good question. I arguably would be working in motor racing someway, nevertheless. I always was interested in the sport. Possibly as mechanical engineer. When I was younger, building karts was my first job.
If you had the chance of meeting a celebrity: whom would you choose and why?
I already met most of the famous racing drivers. I watch a lot of sports on TV and tennis is a sport impressing me a lot. I’d like to have a longer conversation with Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. The persistence of their careers is inspiring. Tennis is my number-one sport, I love it. I watch all the top tournaments. My children and I often play tennis.
What would you do without your smart phone?
I think I’d more often talk with other people face-to-face. I use it often but I also could do without it. I’m a rather social person. For my children, living without a mobile would be tougher. If all else failed I still could take my i-Pad.