Home is where the family lives
A background story about Porsche works driver Gianmaria Bruni.
“I have to enjoy every day because this will soon be gone,” explains the 39-year-old Italian. A new high-rise will appear very quickly, then there’ll be new building in front of us and we’ll have to seriously contort ourselves to catch a glimpse of the sea. Typical Monaco. The wiry 1.83-metre man from Rome has lived in the Principality with his family since 2012.
“It’s actually perfect,” says Bruni of his current living conditions. “And that’s been a bit of a curse during the coronavirus crisis,” smiles Bruni. He explains with a laugh: My wife went out for a run. The street just around the corner marks the French border. She was running her usual route when the French police stopped her. She had to switch to the other side of the street and stay within the Monaco area. The health safety measures in France are currently much stricter than here.
“Mostly by my wife,” admits the Porsche works driver. “I’d like to learn more French, however my German lessons are enough for me at the moment,” explains the ex-Formula 1 driver. I have books and I watch tutorial videos. I’m making good progress. From next year I should be able to have a brief conversation in German. I think it’s important to continue growing into the Porsche family. I also want to use this race-free time to further my education.
“I went out on my racing bike a lot. Often with friends,” he shares. The fit works driver describes his training: “Often I’ll ride along the coast first, from Monaco over France to Italy and back over the mountains.” When he returns, his cheerful family is waiting. “I can barely understand a word – it’s a very strange combination of French and Italian. But she finds it funny when I look a bit befuddled,” laughs Bruni. “I’ve known my wife for 20 years and we’ve been married for ten,” says the 2019 Sebring winner. “Her father was active in karting. We knew each other and were friends. I went skiing with him once and he suddenly suggested that his daughter should come too. And there she was. We fell in love and have been a happy couple ever since. Francesca has accompanied me through all of my racing phases: Formula 3, Formula 3000, GP2, Formula 1, Le Mans, GT racing – every single series. She knows how motorsport works and completely understands everything that goes with it, including the amount of time and effort and the associated travel.” “We tend to spend our holidays in the peace and tranquillity of the South Tyrolean mountains. We like that best,” says Bruni. It always calls me back. I have a lot of friends and family living there. When I visit Italy, my favourite thing is to cook them homemade pizza in our beautiful pizza oven – at least I feel like I’m the champion of preparation. Even though I prefer eating food from the grill, I’m simply better at making pizza!
Jun 02, 2020 at 17:24