Where is home?
Monaco. If you visit you should see the castle [the Prince’s Palace] which is very old and very cool. The casino area is special too. Then I would suggest going on a coastal cruise with some old-timer, from Monaco to St Tropez.
Where in the world are you happiest?
My perfect day is lunch on the beach with my family with my wife Vivian and my daughter Alaïa.
What is your earliest travel memory?
Going to Dubai and sitting on a camel in the desert.
Which is your favourite city?
It is probably London, just for the atmosphere and all the different things you can do. Last time, I went to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Which is your favourite destination?
I like Ibiza, and my wife and I have an ice cream shop there, Vivi’s Creamery. I recommend you take a little ferry hop to Formentera. The beaches are just like the Caribbean.
Which were your favourite F1 race destinations?
Australia was always fun. I liked Melbourne. Then there is Montreal which is always cool and of course Monaco, which is home.
What’s the best dish you’ve eaten?
I will go for some Lebanese, with an aubergine paste called moutabal. I had that recently and it was very good. Or Peking duck. I love that. It’s amazing.
I always pack…
My main thing is my iPhone to stay connected with my family. I love getting videos from them.
My best-kept travel secret is…
In F1 we had a specific jet-lag doctor and the best advice was to do it step by step. Five days before leaving, you change your time by half an hour every day so by the time you leave you are already closer to your new time zone.
When I’m in the mood for shopping…
London is pretty good for shopping but I also like the centre of Milan. I like Italian style.
When I’m in the mood to paint the town red, I hit…
We had some cool parties on the Sunday nights after F1 races. Montreal was very popular. I would go to Ibiza from time to time. But I have a much more relaxed lifestyle now.
My favourite travel pastime is…
I prefer beach holidays. I haven’t skied in 11 years because contractually I was not allowed to ski in case I got injured. I need to get back into that.