When I first started in Formula 1, I tried to ignore the fact I was the first black guy ever to race in the sport. But, as I've got older, I've really started to appreciate the implications.

If I'd won every single race and got pole everywhere, that would just be boring. It would suck. Where's the fun in that?

I don't believe I have a playboy life.

Each championship has felt different in its own way, I guess because I've been in different place of my life; I've gone through different things.

I started playing guitar when I was 13. I'd written a few songs on the guitar over some time. I'd written a book of poetry, and I got a book of lyrics that I had when I was a kid.

I don't aspire to be like other drivers - I aspire to be unique in my own way.

It doesn't matter what famous person I've come across in the street, I don't think I've ever shouted.

I had a lot of racism growing up where I grew up. Bullied at school. It definitely encouraged me. It's like battle wounds - you come out the other side, and it just makes you tougher.

As a driver, you've always got to believe in your heart that you've got what it takes to win it. You've always got to believe in yourself. You've always got to arrive on the day and believe it can happen. You've always got to believe in the positives.

You save most fuel by lifting and coasting in the heavy braking zones at the end of long straights into slow corners.

I feel like people are expecting me to fail; therefore, I expect myself to win.

I started watching Formula 1 with my dad when I was just four or five years old. I loved cars.

Generally, I hate training - just like most people, I guess. I try to make it fun and varied.

I genuinely have always had support from all of my team. I have never had any complaints from them.

When I was a kid and Christmas was coming up, my dad would ask me what I wanted, and I always said a motorbike. I kept asking for one, and he said it was too dangerous and bought me a go-kart instead.

I like wearing things that other people wouldn't want to wear, to be a bit edgy.

I certainly lead a different life from many people. I have a great life that I am thankful for, and I like travelling.

On my back, I have the cross and angel wings: rise above it, no matter what life throws at you. And also, you know, Jesus rose from the grave.

I have spent a lot of time in Italy throughout my career - especially when I was karting, because it's kind of the world centre of that sport - and I love it.

Since I started driving in F1 in 2006-07, the cars have got slower and easier to drive.

I don't like to read fiction. I like to learn something when I'm reading.

Whether it's with my engineers in the team, my home life, or my friends, I don't like things to get complicated - and one good example would be the steering wheel in my Mercedes Formula 1 car.

I train to quite an intense level because Formula 1 is so physical - the G-forces, the demands on your body. Your heart rate is 150, 160 through the whole race. On qualifying lap, your heart rate can be up to 180, 190, under tough conditions.

I love my ink. They all have a meaning. I'm very strong in my faith, so I wanted to have some religious images. I've got Pieta, a Michelangelo sculpture of Mary holding Jesus after he came off the cross, on my shoulder. A sacred heart on my arm. Musical notes because I love music. The compass on my chest is there because church is my compass.

I'm just super competitive. Squash, tennis, water skiing, computer games... Even if I played you at pool, I'd have to win.

Racing is what I love, so it's pretty simple. I want to keep doing it and keep winning.

The way I drive, the way I handle a car, is an expression of my inner feelings.

Formula 1 is about running to the maximum.

If Ferrari wanted me, they would have approached me. I want to work with people who want me. If they don't want me, it is no problem.

Despite the name, 'lift and coast' does not mean cruising. You're trying to be as fast as you can, and you're still going through the corner on the limit, but you have to approach the corner slightly differently; otherwise, you won't make the end of the race.

I have so much energy. I train, I travel, I'm learning about music and fashion, reading a lot. I don't want to miss anything. I want to experience everything.

There have been some ups and downs. I've not always had it my own way. That's the way racing is supposed to be.

I think every single win, every single pole has felt new and different in its own way. I've not got bored of it.

Every person I have met who has gone vegan says it is the best decision they have ever made.

Music's been a huge passion of mine since I was really young. I started playing guitar when I was thirteen.

My dad wanted me to have a better life than he had ever had. He wanted us to succeed so badly. And I never wanted to let him down.

When I'm driving, the fewer distractions there are, the better it is to focus on the job in hand.

What people tend to forget is the journey that I had getting to Formula One. There were plenty of years where I had to learn about losing and having bad races.

I don't think you can fully call yourself a vegan if you wear leathers.

It is open for anyone to have freedom of speech, and I guess we can all play a role in trying to make a difference in the world. Particularly if your leader is not helping in that area.

My job is to get into the car and drive as fast and as well as possible.

I have always wanted to learn the piano, but because I travel so much, I can never get any consistency of lessons. So everywhere I go, if I can find a piano, even if it is in the lobby of a hotel or something, I go on YouTube and pick some songs to learn.

When I was younger, all of my family's money went into racing. We were never a stylish family. We never went shopping, because all the money went into buying tires and fuel and all of that.

Everyone loves a winner. That's just how the world is. And Ayrton Senna was one of the greatest winners this sport has ever had.

People need to remember that I am the first black driver in F1, so I am obviously going to be different to past drivers.

Ayrton Senna was an incredible legend who will be remembered and admired forever.

I'm no less focused than any of my peers. They live a different life. They go home; they are not pictured at events. I train just as much as them, maybe more.

People might not know, but F1 drivers have new helmets made throughout the season. Usually, the design is the same, but I like to do something special for Monaco.

If I don't travel, if I stay at home for a week, I would go out of my mind. That is just the way I am. I love to be on the move, and I am fortunate that I have friends all over the world.