Q: There was only one race in 2012 - the Chinese Grand Prix - in which you didn’t finish in the points. Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says your biggest strength is your race craft. Can you explain what race craft is for you?
KR: Ha, I don’t have anything to explain! It is so much simpler - I do my best in the race. If it works out - good - but I don’t have any plan. Is that race craft?
Q: There are those drivers who train intensively, for example Jenson Button with his triathlons, or Mark Webber with his biking. You don’t appear to be that kind of person…
KR: You don’t know that - you don’t know what I do! I do my thing, but I have no interest to tell! (laughs)
Q: Could it be that you start a bit slow but once you get going you roll over many others?
KR: That sounds too categorical. It’s like this: sometimes it is more difficult than at other times. Sometimes you have a good car, at others you don’t. People tend to mystify simple things! (laughs)
Q: For many you were the driver of 2012. After two years away doing things like rallying, you came back and drove brilliantly. Was rallying so frustrating that when you came back you had a real hunger for success?
KR: No. Believe it or not, I still want to do rallying. I had a good time and I knew from the very beginning that it was going to be tough. People say ‘oh, it’s been a failure’. Not at all - I started with zero experience and for that I did pretty well. Sure I went off, but anybody believing he could do better, go and prove it!