dtm starlet joel eriksson reveals formula one star kimi raikkonen as his idol

16:00    28 Oct 2018

Swedish racing driver Joel Eriksson caught the eye when he won his first Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) race this year.

The 20-year-old, who is a BMW Motorsport driver, went on to finish 14th on the Drivers' Championship standings.

Eriksson had clinched the seventh round of the 2018 DTM season at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy.

Read: The 2018 DTM season in numbers

The youngster opened up in an interview with DTM's official website.

Please tell us three attributes describing you as racing driver...

Fast, clever, cool.

Who was your teenage idol?

Kimi Räikkönen. Always. Even when I was a little boy. We have a lot of things in common. Our characters are really similar. He also is very cool. I like both his personality and his style of driving.

Is there a sport you have no talent in at all and why?

Difficult. Football probably isn’t my best sport. I like playing football but my football skills aren’t on the highest level. I’m able to stop the ball but to then handle it is rather difficult for me.

What would your profession be if you hadn’t become a racing driver?

I arguably would be just a truck driver in my home country, Sweden. Or I possibly could own a car-repair shop.

If you had the chance of meeting a celebrity: whom would you choose and why?

Kevin Hart. I think he is a really funny guy. The same applies to Dwayne Johnson. And I would love to meet Vin Diesel. I like the Fast and Furious movies. Indeed, you could call me a fan of them.

What would you do without your smart phone?

Probably not too much. It’s difficult to say as I grew up with mobile phones. I’m rather young and therefore, I always had a mobile in my hand. I don’t know how it would be to live without them. A smart phone has got everything, today, and offers you the possibility to do everything you want. I would have major problems without my mobile. A true catastrophe.

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