When the bar gets raised that high, you’re also exposed to some downsides and I had to deal with those as well. There were some non-finishes and to miss out on the world championship in Abu Dhabi was undoubtedly the lowest point.
My victory in Monaco was the most satisfying moment of the year. It’s such a tough venue and to win from pole position felt amazing. I had a brilliant battle with Robert [Kubica] in qualifying and Seb [Vettel] drove a good race to second, but I felt that race was going to be mine all the way through.
To win at Silverstone was another highlight. It was the first time both of my parents had been at a track to see me win. Mum’s been in Europe when I’ve won before, but she doesn’t come to all of the races.”
After the Singapore Grand Prix I had another mountain bike crash, but it was nothing like as serious as the one at the end of ’08. I was in Melbourne and had been training in the hotel all week. I decided to go cycling to get some fresh air and I had a very slow-speed crash. I landed awkwardly on my shoulder and did a bit of damage. It was a nuisance, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was when I got back in the car.
The day before the crash I’d been at the AFL’s Grand Final at the MCG. It was the first AFL match I’d ever been to, which was difficult to believe, and I had a good time. Any sporting event at the MCG is impressive.”