The 5-minute Interview: Tamara Ecclestone, Television presenter

'It's only cool to wear Lycra when you're a kid'
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Tamara Ecclestone, 23, is the daughter of Formula 1 supremo Bernie. Last year, she covered the Air Race World Series for Channel 4. She now presents Formula 1 for Sky Sports

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

Having acupuncture. I have it once every six weeks to keep me calm.

A phrase I use far too often is...

"Amazing". It is the most overused word.

I wish people would take more notice of...

Everything because we take so much for granted. We all need to slow down and go to acupuncture.

The most surprising thing to happen to me was...

Nothing really.

A common misperception of me is...

That I'm a spoilt brat who parties all the time. I'm compared to Paris Hilton , but I don't even have a chihuahua!

I am not a politician but...

I hate the congestion charge. It doesn't work – central London is still congested.

I'm good at...

Giving advice. Oh, and making jelly.

I'm very bad at...

Singing. I have a shocking voice.

The ideal night out is...

A nice meal out with my friends, with a magician performing as we have our dessert and coffee.

You know me as a TV presenter, but in truer life I'd have been...

When I was younger I wanted to be a gymnast but they have to be quite short – I was tall. Plus it's only OK to wear Lycra when you're a kid.

In weak moments I...

Cry or reach for a bar of Dairy Milk.

The best age to be is...

When you are at school because, even though you hated it and wished you were grown up, it was the best time.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is...

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Mike Wright

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