Get to know Stéphane PETERHANSEL and Jean Paul COTTRET!09/11/2016 - 04:00

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Stéphane PETERHANSEL
Job: rally-raid driver
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Eyes: Brown
Live in: Crans Montana, Swiss
Nationality: French
Birth Date: 06/08/1965


 

Rather beach or mountains? I can go either! For the optimum balance I would say: 4 months in the Swiss mountains, 4 months at the beach - in Corsica, 4 months in the desert

What’s your dream destination? The moon

Rather sweet or salty? Salty

Fast food or gourmet? Gourmet

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor? Stracciattela

Which home-cooked-meal would you be? A pizza

Which drink would you be? Water

What’s your favorite & necessary foodstuff - that you can’t live without? Chocolate

The first thing you swallow when get out of bed? A glass of water

 

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The last thing you do before sleeping?
I brush my teeth

How many hours of sleep on average? 8 hours - minimum

What do you think is your biggest character quality? Tolerant

What do you think is your biggest character flaw? Impatient

What’s your musical taste/style? Popular music

What’s your favorite TV show/ movie? Basically, what men like: action and adventure

Do you have other passions in life than motorsport? Sport, in general (but only individual) and nature

How do you spend your time in between 2 races? What I do in between two races is more or less always related to my job and always in connection with nature: having a walk in the mountains, bicycling, running, skiing, boat and jet-ski. Those activities give me pleasure and are necessary for me to feel good.

 

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What makes you laugh? Poor jokes

What is the thing that irritates you the most? Idiots

The best time of your life until now? I think it is today, even if I feel a bit old and so far away from the carefreeness of my 18

Which object/artifact to live the next 95year? A hammock

Which Peugeot for your daily life? Peugeot 508 SW GT

If you would be a weekday, which one would it be? Sunday: either you are in the action (it’s often the arrival day of a race), either you are in the calm (relaxing at home)

If you would be a number, which one would it be? 6

If you would be a color, which one would it be? Blue

If you would be an animal, which one would it be? A dog: he’s happy when he's free in the nature, when he eats and sleep. Like me!

Vintage or modern? Modern for the performance - even if, since a few years, I have a taste for vintage motorcycles

Any addiction? Moving! I can’t stay at home!

Any superstition? No

Any scars? A lot, from practicing motorcycle

Any tatoo? No

 

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How did you get to motorsport / How does it appear to be your vocation?

 

From father to son. My dad was an off-road racer, with car and then bikes, as an amateur. The opposite of me! He offered me a trial bike when I was 8; it was quite unusual to have one so young. I did trial during 5 years, as a kid who discovers something new and amusing. I got the sense of competition and the winning spirit through skateboarding. From the time I was 13 to 15, I spent most of the time on a skate; it was fashionable. I won the French Skateboarding Championship, tried out for the national team and participated in the European Cup. Then I received an enduro bike from my father again; I was 14, I used it to go to school… and never come down! After winning my 6th  Dakar Rally gold medal in two wheels - and taking the victory record - I decided to switch to car for 3 reasons: I never got injured; I felt tired of always being alone on the track; and I have a true passion for racing - I follow all the car championship on TV. The year after, in 1999, I subscribed for Dakar Rally in car category.

 

Your most beautiful/biggest emotion in your motorsport career ?

My first Dakar victory in car, it was in 2004.

 

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Jean Paul COTTRET
Job:
co-driver for Stéphane PETERHANSEL 
Height:
173 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Eyes: Blue-Green
Live in: France
Nationality: French
Birth Date: 16/06/1963


 

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Rather beach or mountains?
  Mountains

What’s your dream destination? I travelled in many dream destinations thanks to rally-raid races, but if I had to choose a place to strand on it would rather be a desert island

Rather sweet or salty? Sweet

Fast food or gourmet? Gourmet

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor? Strawberries

Which home-cooked-meal would you be? A nice grilled fish

Which drink would you be? Water

What’s your favorite & necessary foodstuff - that you can’t live without? Bread

The first thing you swallow when get out of bed? A cofee

The last thing you do before sleeping? I watch TV

How many hours of sleep on average? 6h30

 

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What do you think is your biggest character quality? Helpful

What do you think is your biggest character flaw? Being too kind

What’s your musical taste/style? I often listen to the French singer ''Florent Pagny''

What’s your favorite movie style? Action movies

Do you have other passions in life than motorsport? Yes, for mechanic. And also to take care of my loved ones.

How do you spend your time in between 2 races? I prepare the next one, I read the motorsport news, ...

What makes you laugh? To share daily race anecdotes with the team

 

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What is the thing that irritates you the most? No to make the right choice

The best time of your life until now? When I was 20 years old: I had much fun, made everything and anything with my friends without thinking twice about it

Which object/artifact to live the next 95year? An innovative response to the challenge of mobility; I have to tell it this way this because it's very likely that a ''simple car'' would not exist anymore in 2111!

Which Peugeot for your daily life? PEUGEOT 308

If you would be a weekday, which one would it be? Saturday

If you would be a number, which one would it be? 6

If you would be a color, which one would it be?  Blue

If you would be an animal, which one would it be? A dog

Vintage or modern? Modern

Any addiction? To the mobile phone; everyone is so addicted, you have it on you everywhere you go!

Any superstition? I would rather say yes, I have few objects that I take with me in the car

Any scars? A lot, even on my face

Any tatoo? No

 

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How did you get to motorsport and co-driving / How does it appear to be your vocation?

My passion for mechanic and race cars brought me to co-driving. I started doing bricolage from an early age. I remember few guys in my hometown that held a racing-car; I used to admire them as a small child. As a young boy, I was working in a mechanical-workshop; I started motorsport competition in 1976 as mechanic. I get to prepare the assistance cars for Thierry Sabine; we were in the ‘’roaring twenties’’ period of Dakar Rally. In that time the assistance cars were running on the race track from one bivouac to another, and the mechanic in charge of driving it: from assistance car co-driver I became race car co-driver in 1983. Now we are in 2016 and I am still seating in the right tub of rally-cars!

Your most beautiful/biggest emotion in your motorsport career ?

My first Dakar victory; it was in 2004 with Stéphane Peterhansel.

 

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