What did your teammate do before landing a GP2 drive? Jérôme: He sold sushi in Japan! (Laughs) No, seriously, he was in Formula 3 Euro Series with ART.
Kamui: He was selling French Fries… He won Formula Master.
What are his greatest strengths?
Kamui: Strengths? (He thinks hard… or falls asleep. We’re not sure at this point)
Jérôme: I hope you will think as hard when we have the questions regarding my weaknesses! (Laughs)
Kamui: I think his strong point is that he talks a lot with his engineers. I don’t.
Jérôme: I think he is very good at adjusting to the car.
What are his weaknesses?
Jérôme: He doesn’t speak a lot with the engineers! (Laughs)
Kamui: It’s true! … (He thinks again long and hard before coming up with an answer regarding Jérôme’s weaknesses)
Jérôme: Thank you!
Kamui: … (He thinks some more)… I don’t know. Normally, I don’t think about that kind of stuff. I usually just think about how I can improve myself.
Jérôme: Just say something so I can prove you wrong.
Kamui: I really don’t know.
Jérôme: So basically, I have none. Moving on to the next question!
Who gets the latest to the track?
Jérôme: It’s 50-50… It depends.
Kamui: What he says!
Jérôme: But we are on time. So that’s what counts really.
Who is the wildest on track // off track?
Jérôme: Do we really have to answer that question? It’s Kamui of course!
Kamui: Not off track! I’m very shy and very serious.
Jérôme: Yeah. Right! Come on! Don’t lie! Remember how wild you were when we celebrated our title in Bahrain?
Kamui: (Does not answer, but does smile widely)
Who is the most successful with the ladies?
Jérôme: No, Kamui!
Kamui: No, no. You never know.
Jérôme: You are quite good at chatting up with girls.
Kamui: I’m not so good.
Jérôme: Well, you try a lot.
Kamui: You do too.
Jérôme: Yeah, but it works less… Well, except from when Jean-Paul Driot helps me and tells me what to say. By the way, it works! Although he did embarrass me a couple of times (Laughs)
Who will have the nicest car in ten years?
Kamui: Oh! But I have to say a Toyota!
Kamui: Are you trying to get me in trouble?!
Jérôme: Come on! What is your dream car?
Kamui: A Lexus.
Jérôme: What? No Porsche or Ferrari?
Kamui: Hey! Last time, you took my car to drive to Dams and you told me that it was a very good car!
Jérôme: It’s true, but you are putting me in trouble now! (Laughs)
Who will have the most beautiful wife in ten years?
Jérôme: You think you are going to have a wife in ten years? I don’t think so (Laughs)… It’s a difficult question. Time will tell.
Kamui: It’s not easy! Come on! What if my girlfriend reads this?!
Kamui: This goes on the website! Maybe she will go to the blog and read this! I cannot answer that question!
Jérôme: Oh! Good point!
How best would you describe your teammate?
Kamui: I think it depends on the week: some weeks, Jérôme is a rabbit, other weeks, I don’t know…
Jérôme: Kamui is a wild cat.
Kamui: No, I’m like Alfred, my dog!
Who has the best fashion sense?
Jérôme: No. Shut up. You do!
Kamui: I have a Japanese style you know?
Jérôme: I like it.
Kamui: It’s different for every country. Who decides which one is the best? As long as I like it, it’s good.
Jérôme: Yeah, but me, with a tee-shirt and a pair of jeans, I’m good to go. I don’t really care.
Who is the shyest?
Jérôme: Come on! It’s me. On the track, no. But outside, I’m the shyest! (Laughs) I’ve just realised that Kamui answers “me” to every question!
Kamui: No, but I am shy. When I have to speak, I do it. But I don’t like it because I don’t always know the people.
Who is your favourite sportsman? Sportswoman?
Jérôme: Today, it’s Usain Bolt. He is amazing. I like Lance Armstrong. I really like him too. Oh! And Valentino Rossi. He’s number one!
Kamui: I don’t know. I don’t really care…
Who tells the most jokes?
Jérôme: I tell bad jokes (Laughs)
Kamui, if you were to invite Jérôme to dinner, what would you cook? Same for Jérôme?
Kamui: Cook? Japanese food. I’m a very good cook. My girlfriend is not interested in food! It’s so frustrating. She doesn’t care about food. I cannot have a sandwich for dinner, but she can. So I cook for myself. So, Jérôme, I would be happy to cook for you!
Jérôme: I’ll make French fries and waffles. You love them right? But I don’t know how to cook, so I’ll ask my mom to cook for you (Laughs)!
Who has the most contacts in their phone?
Jérôme: I don’t know. I never checked. Probably Kamui.
Kamui: I always lose my phone. So I always lose my contacts. Last December, I lost my Japanese phone because I put it in the bag with everything else and then checked it in on the plane. And someone stole it at the airport in Paris. I didn’t finish the contract with the phone company. I received the invoice last month: it was of 2000 Euros!
Jérôme: You did not finish the contact? You are crazy!!
Kamui: I know! Now I’m trying to tell the company “I lost my phone! It was stolen!”
Jérôme: So how do we get in touch with you?
Kamui: I don’t know! I lose my phone every two months… I lose all the contacts every time!
Jérôme: I’ll introduce you to Outlook Express (Laughs)
Kamui: I always put my phone in my luggage and then they steal my bag at the airport. I’m sure in Paris there is a place where they sell stolen items. I’m sure I could find eighteen of my bags there!
Jérôme: And maybe your phones too!