Where is home?
Home is the lovely Milton Keynes [in Buckinghamshire, in the UK’s South Midlands]. I wasn’t born there, but it’s where the team is, and it’s convenient.
Where in the world have you felt happiest?
It’s going to sound corny if I say in my racing seat, but, yeah, it is. That lap to the pit lane – the slowdown lap – is always a really good experience.
Which is your favourite city, and why?
It’s Melbourne [home of the Australian Grand Prix]. I just like the atmosphere. It’s clean and modern but it’s got culture and good weather. Of course, also Bangkok – I gotta represent!
My earliest travel memory is…
Disney World, Florida. I must have been about five years old. It was my first time in a car – it was an electric mini Formula 1 car and I hated the speed. I told my dad I didn’t want to drive it. And that was my first experience of driving! What changed? I grew older. I tried [cars] again and I liked it.
What’s the best dish you’ve eaten on your travels?
I tried yakiniku [Japanese BBQ] in Tokyo. I also love Thai food.
What’s the best hotel you’ve stayed in?
The Sofitel in Bahrain was very good, because it was literally a minute from the track [Bahrain International Circuit]. And you’re on a beach, so that was really nice. The team treats us very well. I also like to stay in the Anantara Siam in Bangkok.
Best thing you’ve learnt on a trip?
Getting to know each culture. The trips that we go on aren’t holidays, they’re for business, so it’s important to know how to behave and obviously one of our key partners is Honda, a Japanese company. So respect is very important.
I always pack…
My noise-cancelling headphones. And as part of the F1 team, we have a full travel kit with medical supplies. It sounds a bit diva, but it has anti-bacterial stuff that heads off a bug if you start feeling sick, plus earplugs, eye-mask and compression socks.
My best-kept travel secret is… We have a sleep doctor, who plans our sleep for us.
When I’m in the mood to paint the town red, I hit… Nowhere, because I’m a very serious athlete! [laughs]
The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is 29 November – 1 December.