Sergio, it is almost two months since you last drove a Formula One car – what have you been doing since then?
The time in the winter goes by really quickly! It’s always important for me to take a break from my normal routine and return to Mexico to recover from the season. I have been doing some training, but the main priority is always to relax a bit and have some quiet days with my family. I didn’t stop racing completely because I always enjoy racing karts when I go back home. It’s good fun to race with my brother and friends. We only race for fun and there is no pressure.
So you’re feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work?
It’s good to have a holiday, but I have missed sitting in my Formula One car: it is the best feeling in the world and I can’t wait to try my new car. My motivation is extremely high.
How do you look back on 2014?
There was a lot to learn at first because it was a new team for me and there were new regulations. To begin with it took some time to establish myself in the team. I obviously had the podium in Bahrain early in the season, but I also had some bad luck in the first few races. The second half of the year was more satisfying because I was settled in the team and I could really push the car and get consistent results. Bahrain, Canada, Austria, Italy and Singapore are the races that I remember the most.
What lessons did you take away from 2014?
I learned how to work in a different environment and to make the most of every resource available to me. As soon as I arrived I could see huge potential and I knew we could achieve great things if we continued working with the same approach.
Tell us about the strengths of Sahara Force India…
I think the main strength is the people and the attitude in the team. You feel that it’s easy to communicate; everybody wants to listen and it’s a very productive way of working. I remember at the start of last year I was comparing everything with my old team