What did you know about your teammate before?
Stefano: I heard that he was a crazy mother(blip). I don’t know why
Rodolfo: I heard you were an arrogant as*(blip)
Rodolfo: We had some trouble in F3 Euroseries.
Stefano: Did we?
Rodolfo: Yeah in Norisring. I was on the inside and you pushed me. When I got back on track we touched wheels three times on the main straight.
Stefano: I remember! (He laughs)
What are each other’s greatest strengths?
Stefano: Women. He has many pictures of women on his phone.
Rodolfo: Stefano’s greatest strengths is that he has great cars.
What are each other’s weaknesses?
Stefano: You start.
Rodolfo: You can talk too much sometimes...
Stefano: I talk too much? You talk too much during debriefs!
Rodolfo: I have to raise my voice because you are always talking!
Stefano: When there is a group meeting, I can never speak because you talk all the time.
Rodolfo: I can never talk because you talk all the time!
Stefano: okay so none of us can really talk...
They both laugh
Who always gets to the circuit the last?
Stefano: Today was the first time that Rodolfo arrived before me.
Rodolfo: No, also in Imola. But you know, we leave the hotel together, but you have a Mercedes and I have a cheap rental car so of course you get to the track sooner.
Who is the craziest one on and off the track?
Rodolfo: Off the track, him.
Stefano: On the track, him.
Rodolfo: Stefano is crazy. I have really good stories, but I cannot tell them here...
Stefano: On track, Rodolfo does crazy stuffs sometimes.
Rodolfo: It’s not crazy, I would say that I am passionate! (He laughs)
Who is the most successful with the ladies?
Rodolfo: You were quite successful in Abu Dhabi and in Turkey
Stefano: I have a girlfriend you know.
Rodolfo: I have a girlfriend also
Are you superstitious?
Stefano: Very. I can’t see any number 17 in the box or on the track. The team doesn’t show me the board on Lap 17, only lap 16 and 18. In Italy, 17 is like 13. It’s bad luck. And on a race weekend, if someone asks for the salt at the table, I always put it on the table, but don’t hand it over directly. I always jump in my car from the same side, the left one, always.
Rodolfo: I hate the number 13. I get in the car from the right side. My gloves are in different colours. I put a red glove on the left hand and a white glove on the right hand. Once I have a habit, I try to keep it.
Stefano: I will tell you a story from Macao. Things started very badly when I got the race number 17. I went to the hotel. They gave me my room key and it was number 1717, on the seventeenth floor. I started P3 and I crashed on the final race!
Who will have the best road car in ten years time?
Stefano: No idea
Rodolfo: What is the best road car anyway? I love the Cayenne, the Q7. Stefano prefers sports cars. In Venezuela, we need more 4x4 than in Monaco!
Who will have the most beautiful wife?
Stefano: I will!
Rodolfo: I will! You will see... She will be Venezuelan of course and may I remind you that Venezuela has won the most beauty pageants in the world?
How would you best describe your teammate?
Stefano: Crazy. He is completely nuts!
Who has the best fashion sense?
Rodolfo: He wears the same trainers all the time.
Stefano: No I don’t. They are different colours. Those are blue. I got them in 9 different colours. I’m a fashion addict. I love buying clothes. I go once a year and buy everything!
Rodolfo: I don’t like to spend 200 euros in a pair of shoes. Even if I was rich, I wouldn’t do it because I think it is too much. You can find really cool clothes for a really good price. I come from Venezuela and when I see something that costs 50 euros for example, it’s like 500 Bolivars and it’s money to feed an entire family and I am always very careful. I always think about that.
Who is your favourite sportsman or sportswoman?
Rodolfo: Ayrton Senna in motorsport.
Stefano: I have a lot of admiration for Zanardi after his crash. He got back in the car and won races. He is a model. He keeps fighting... It’s an amazing human story.
Rodolfo: To me, it’s Rubin Carter, the boxer. I read the book about his life. He was wrongly accused of murder. He spent twenty years fighting to prove his innocence.
Who tells the most jokes?
Stefano: I do...
Rodolfo: Half of them are really bad though.
Stefano: That’s not true!
Stefano, if you invited Rodolfo for dinner, what would you cook? Same question for Rodolfo.
Stefano: I would order in really. But if I had to cook, I would cook pasta.
Rodolfo: I’m a chef. I love pasta. I can cook really good pasta.
Stefano: Yeah, but if I come to your place you would have to make me something typical from Venezuela. Otherwise I would not come. Seriously! (Laughs)
Rodolfo: Then I would have to cook something called Arepa. Or I would make some typical dish with the shoulder of the cow which is very tender and you roast it in a sauce for a long time. The sauce is made of red wine, black beer, a lot of pepper, onion, garlic, thyme, tomato and you stuff the roast beef with truffles and a little bit of pancetta. You serve it with some white rice and some Venezuelan salad from palm heart.
Stefano: Sounds amazing!
Who has the most contacts in their phone?
Stefano: I have 311
Rodolfo: I have 147 in BBM and 220 in my phone.