Williams Martini racing driver Valtteri Bottas kicked off race weekend on a high note. He clinked glasses with fans at CÉ LA VI, tried his hand at shaking up martini-inspired cocktails behind the bar, and revealed that his only goal in the Formula One races is to win the world championship title at some point in his life. Alas, this was not meant to be this season. After Force India's Nico Hülkenberg's unfortunate crash at the starting line last evening, Bottas's car sustained collateral damage that forced him to retire from the race. Below, we put the unyielding fighter through our Proustian questionnaire.  

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What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Perfect happiness? Being healthy and being able to do exactly what you love. Those two things, they are my top ones for happiness.


What is your greatest fear?

Probably something happening to someone that you love. While driving, there is no fear.


When and where were you happiest? 

Probably every time I've been on the podium. I'm very, very happy, to be there. Getting married was also something very special.


Where would you most like to live? 

I'm now living in Monaco, which is a very nice place to be. Maybe one day I'll go back to Finland. For a Finn, when you spend your childhood there and your family is there, it's a great place to be.


What do you most value in your friends? 

They're very loyal. Very honest. That's what I call a friend, really. I have a group of friends whom I've known since we were six years old. Things are still the same. No one has changed. So I consider myself very lucky.


Your greatest achievement? 

In my career so far, that would be my podium finishes. But I have yet to achieve all my goals.