With the current climate being so changeable how do you adapt your focus?
As a racing driver, I’ve always been able to have a point of focus to be driven and motivated by. At the beginning of this period, it was definitely difficult to find that without any races to work towards. I therefore gave myself targets outside of my racing, concentrating on new running or cycling personal challenges. I work hard and put a lot of effort into the training so when I succeed, I feel proud that I’ve achieved my goal. Now fortunately my season is back underway, so it’s much easier for me to set my eyes on the next race.
What’s coming up for you now?
Things have definitely started to ramp up once again for me. For a long time there was a lot of uncertainty and as a result of the current situation, sadly W Series had to postpone their season which I was due to compete in this year. But fortunately I have recently signed for the Italian Prema team following support from Rodin Cars'. This means I will compete in the Regional European Championship which kicks off this August, with the aim of rising up to International F3 and F2 in the next couple of years with Prema. It’s a hugely exciting time for me; it’s given me some structure and security allowing me to focus on performing to the best of my ability. I’ve just got back from a month of training in Italy and I cannot wait to get out there for the first race.
How did you spend your time during lockdown?
During lockdown I found myself spending pretty much all of my time training. It is very rare for drivers to get that amount of time to actually focus on this as we travel so much. During the race season, the focus is predominantly on maintaining fitness rather than gaining it so it was great to have this time. I also took part in virtual races against some great drivers, like Lando Norris, and helped to raise money for charity with virtual cycling events and hosting charity quiz nights. Now I am able to get back in the race car that we have been testing all over Italy ahead of our first race.
What does your new normal look like?
My new normal is much more of a routine than what I had previously. Normally, I would travel a lot, every day and every week would be different. It was actually quite difficult to adjust to a routine. That’s why I’ve enjoyed being able to give myself different challenges to get up and have the time to do each day.
Tell us about setting goals and give us an example of a goal you’ve set and achieved.
In terms of goal setting, examples include some charity and fundraising that I’ve been doing: first a half marathon and then, a 100 mile bike ride indoors. This has been good fun and I’ve really enjoyed setting myself different goals and being able to achieve them and train towards them.
One of your pieces of advice for feeling good during lockdown was to try something new. Can you give us an example of something new you’ve tried?
I’ve enjoyed trying a few new things, but also doing more of the things I didn’t necessarily have much time to do before. Cooking has been a big one. I don’t think I have ever had the time to cook all three meals for myself every day. I was traveling and quite often had meals provided, so to be able to expand my cooking portfolio is something I’ve really enjoyed.
One of my favorite recipes that I have nearly every morning is something I call ‘Power Porridge’ as it’s healthy and it fuels me through a lot of my training. It includes:
- Flaxseed mix
- Milk (any but I use cashew)
- 1 Egg white (good source of protein)
- Maple Syrup
- Some berries or any fruit of choice on top