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A minute with Vladimiros Tziortzis Formula 3 & NASCAR professional driver

minute photo by stephane azemard
photo by Stephane Azemard

Where do you live and with whom?
Currently in Nicosia, Cyprus with the family. Next year there is a chance to move to Italy for racing purposes.

What did you have for breakfast?
Oats with nuts, honey, cinnamon and banana

Describe your perfect day
For me the perfect day is the day during a race weekend abroad. I wake up early for a short time, workout to wake up the body then we have the breakfast with the team, and then all go to the track together. For sure when I sit in the car it is the best moment for me as I spend the rest of the day behind the racing wheel.

Best book ever read?
The best book I ever read is Ayrton Senna (The Whole Story). Ayrton is until today one of the best Formula 1 drivers and by reading this book you get to know everything he passed through to achieve his goal before his accident in the Italian Grand Prix. It is very interesting for young upcoming racing drivers to read his book.

Best childhood memory?
When I managed to make it to the finals of the International Rok Cup Finals in Lonato, Italy and I started the final race from fourth place out of 30 drivers in the finals and 120 drivers in total.

What is always in your fridge?
Fruits, like orange, apple, banana. Generally for all people fruits are very important, but even more so for athletes.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Anything, but only English.

What’s your spirit animal?
Tiger. I think it is the symbol for everyone out there who wants to achieve something. You fight against all the obstacles every day.

What are you most proud of?
Proud of my family, and I am lucky to have them by my side. Without their support and patience above all of what I am doing from the age of five nothing could be possible.

What movie scene has really stayed with you?
Generally the movie Drive to Survive (Formula 1),is necessary for everyone who loves to watch F1. You can see everything what happens behind of the scenes, you can understand how the teams work, but above all what obstacles both driver and a racing team face during the season. Highly recommended.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Michael Shumacher, my idol. Together with Ayrton Senna they are both the examples of fighting for your life goal.

If you could time travel when/where would you go?
To Moscow, Russia to have some time with friends of my mother, and relax after a busy racing season that I had, together with the pandemic.

What is your greatest fear?
Height in open places. In the plane I’m not afraid, but if I’m in an open place then yes.

What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
Keep working for your dreams and goals, and never give up when you face an obstacle. Every obstacle is there for a reason. To try you out, to make you more dedicated. Keep working on it.

Name the one thing that would stop you dating someone
When they are a gossip. If I go out with someone I need to just relax and have fun.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
I will take a plane and travel to Ferrari headquarters,or if it is close to a race weekend, to join a F1 team in the pit box areas.

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