But he is, actually, a talented interviewer, getting such Formula One gods as Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard, Niki Lauda, Jody Scheckter and Jenson Button to reveal what makes them tick. It's quite clear he's not the idiot he pretends to be. So how does he brass-neck his way into such exalted company, sharing food, drink and training sessions at Monte Carlo, Vienna, Paris and Shanghai? That's what I'd really like to know.

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