- SL: What came first? Your love of racing, for example, when did that start?
TW: "That was a sheer coincidence because I was with some friends, we were visiting Amsterdam, don't ask why, and we were driving back and passing the Nurburgring.
"One of my dear friends was one of the frontrunners in the German Formula 3 Championship back in the time and I was fascinated by the environment, loved cars and drivers and decided I wanted to give it a go.
"I found out about everything and decided to buy myself a SEAT Ibiza, a tiny little SEAT car. I could make it with my pocket money and earning a little bit extra.
"I could just make the monthly leasing rates and I started to race the car. Sold my road car, raced the car and drive it on the road. This is how my racing started."
- SL: Were you any good?
TW: "I came to the first race and thought it was the SEAT Ibiza Cup, 30 participants, and I said, 'well I am going to come there and blow you all away, that is clear'.
"First qualifying I remember I was 18th and I was told it was clear I am 18th because the engine needs 1,000km to properly function and mine was brand new.
"So, I took the car, it was actually Spielberg, the Red Bull Ring, took the SEAT, drove all night 1,000km, drove back and went into qualifying, finished 18th again.
"So, I realised there is more to it than what I thought was good. Then I did a proper racing school, went into Formula Fords and then there was the moment where it started to get better."