Quotes (22)

  • If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
  • [on excellence] Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to unrelenting pursuit of your goal--a commitment to excellence--that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
  • You do a period of go-karting until you're at the age of qualifying for a ride in a "school-kart", then you qualify for driving school. And several of the driving schools have a competition series for their own students.
  • The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses.
  • I lived the true American dream, because I was able to pursue what I set as my goals at a very young age.
  • Speed is relative. You have to live it. You can't just jump into it. You have to live it all the time.
  • What I learned is that in business you must make decisions based on facts, not react with your heart.
  • I've always said I didn't have a Plan B in life. I was in pursuit of my dream from the very beginning. It's all about desire and passion. At all costs.
  • Failure is success if we learn from it.
  • Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you'd better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.
  • In racing there is no question who is best--the first one to cross the finish line wins first prize. But with wine, even if you make the best wine in the world, someone isn't going to like it, because it isn't their style. Judging wine is very subjective.
  • Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.
  • A goal isn't something you just arrive at and stop. You have to stay curious and hungry and foolish . . .
  • The first time I fired up a car, felt the engine shudder and the wheel come to life in my hands, I was hooked. It was a feeling I can't describe. I still get it every time I get into a race car.
  • A racing car is an animal with a thousand adjustments.
  • For every negative, there's a positive. It's in everything. How you deal with life, outlook, how much energy you put into achieving something. That's why I detest entitlement. Anything that's worthwhile is going to call for some sacrifice. Nothing worthwhile will come to you without a price. People think in sports, you have different rules. You really don't. It's whatever motivates you,
  • It is amazing how may drivers, even at the Formula One Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down.
  • You do the best you can with what's thrown at you, then you try again.
  • Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that's their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it.
  • Motor racing is like one big family, ultimately, and when you come back to it, that's really what it feels like.
  • I don't have many superstitions, just dumb things I don't talk about. I will not sign an autograph with a green pen.
  • If you don't come walking back to the pits every once in a while holding a steering wheel in your hands, you're not trying hard enough