David Malukas: “I love maths”
Team Motopark: Hi David, it’s your first year racing cars. What’s the biggest difference to go-karting?
David Malukas: It’s definitely the way you break. In go-karts you have to break carefully. Here, you have to smack it. And in go-karts there is no clutch.
Team Motopark: What do you find so fascinating about racing?
David Malukas: I chose racing because it’s something that I always loved, I get excited. I did a lot of other sports and they are fun - but it’s not that intense.
Team Motopark: What other sports have you done so far?
David Malukas: I’ve done cross country, wrestling, American football and jujitsu.
Team Motopark: Apart from sports, do you have other interests?
David Malukas: I’ve also taken piano lessons and I do an advanced placement course in maths. I love maths.
Team Motopark: Wow, that’s quite a bit. Isn’t that really time-consuming?
David Malukas: Initially, my dad wanted to keep me busy. I was very shy and I was like a geek. In the beginning, it was stressful. One day, I had to make a decision and I decided on racing.
Team Motopark: Who inspires you?
David Malukas: Michael Schumacher. I like the way he was – very kind, strict in a way. He never got angry.
Team Motopark: What do you think about when you sit in your race car?
David Malukas: I’m thinking about the next move, about decisions I have to make.
Team Motopark: What’s your favourite music?
David Malukas: I like Calvin Harris and dance music in general. But I also like Hans Zimmer.
What’s your backup plan?
David Malukas: I would try to make it in the Indy car series; it seems to be the closest to Formula One.
Team Motopark: How important is the right food?
David Malukas: Food is very important. Protein keeps you more awake. Usually, I don’t eat sweets; just after the race I allow myself some candy.
Team Motopark: What do you really not like to do?
David Malukas: I don’t like tennis, and honestly? I don’t like it when people touch things I own.
Team Motopark: Are you religious?
David Malukas: Yes, I’m Catholic.
Team Motopark: Is there a special ritual before the races?
David Malukas: I have a little charm. It’s been blessed. And before each race I do prayers.