We all know he's a talented racer, but beyond that who's Fabio Onidi? Let's try to learn more about him with a little interview...
So Fabio, where it all started? How the fire, the passion for motorsport, was ignited?
"Well, I drove a kart for the first time in an indoor facility were my father used to go himself. He always loved cars and motoring, and so he introduced me to that world when I
was around 11 years-old. I liked it, in a few laps I was already faster than him, and so we started going there more often. Then came the next step: renting the kart all the time
was getting expensive, so we decided to buy one ourselves, and I started lapping even more often. The owner of the kartodrome saw how quickly I was progressing and told my father
that I was ready for a race. I started from regional races, then I got to Open Masters and to the Italian Championship".
Let's put the driving aside for a bit. What do you do in your "normal" life, when you aren't racing?
"I help in the family business: we have some hotels, and I'm coordinating all the reception and welcome activities.
What's your educational background?
"I graduated in accounting, but I wasn't too much of a good student. Usually my grades were bad until April, and from then on I was running to recover and end the year with some
decent marks. But I wasn't a bad guy, from a behaviour point of view I was always very calm and polite, that's how I am".
Let's come to friends, do you have many?
"I wouldn't say that. Motorsport doesn't help because you do it in the weekend, so you aren't there while the others are going out and having fun. Furthermore, I'm a bit wary
myself, it takes time for me to call somebody a 'friend'. So I have some longtime friends that I really like, and I try to pass some time with them whenever I get a chance".
More difficult. Friends in motorsport?
"Not at all. It's just not possible. Sometimes you get a team-mate you like, and that's better than nothing, but it's impossible to be friends. I prefere it to be rivals and stop
also to avoid strange complications. Imagine a situation where the driver in front of you is a friend and you see a tight gap: what do you do? You go for it with an hard move or
not? I don't want to be in the condition to choose between frienship and gaining one place. I've seen it happen, it's always bad".
Other passions besides motorsport?
"I really love the sea and everything comes with it. I have a rubber dinghy, a big one, and I love using it to go out with friends for the whole day. I also do every kind of water sport: water-skying, free-style, aquabikes, and I even have a scuba diving licence".
And in the winter?
"In the winter I choose mountains. I am a boarder and I'm doing a bit of everything, from downhill to tricks".
Speaking about music, what's your favourite kind?
"Music is another one of my big passions, I am some kind of hi-fi anorack, I really love looking for the best systems out there and I'm pretty fond of what I have both at home and in my car. I listen and enjoy nearly any kind of music, I would say that Italian hip-hop is the only one I can't stand, but I'm more or less fine with everything else. Jazz is probably my favourite".
We know that you also have two dogs...
"And it's passion again! You know, one of my dreams for the future is a big villa with a huge garden and many, many dogs. Now I have two, both are crossbreed.
My family has a long story with dogs, a long time ago my parents were breeding German Sheperds and they were very good at it, they even had the italian champion in their stable. But the bad thing with dogs is that they also die, and it's too hard when you have so many and you love all of them. So my parents stopped, and for 20 years there were no dogs at all in my house.
Anyway it couldn't last forever: some summers ago we went on holiday in Lampedusa and on that island is litterally full of dogs. Most of them are stray ones, and as the days were passing we were gettimg more and more eager to bring one home. In the end we went to the dog pound and saw Honey, a beautiful Labrador crossbreed that was looking at us.
Some days later she was at home with us, and now she also has a lifeguard licence!
Dodo, the other one, arrived last summer, when I was in Riccione. I saw him when he was a puppy, and I just couldn't resist. He's very very active, a little hooligan, but that's also why I like him".
Speaking about girls, what's your preference?
"Brunettes, and I really love curly-haired girls. I think I've never been with a blonde girl in my life, they just don't get my attention. I won't say more because I have a girlfriend now, and I'm really happy".
Tell us about your city, Milan.
"I love it, it's home and it feels like every time I get back. It's not an easy city to live in, you get traffic jams, chaos at times, but it's the pulsing heart of Italy, whatever you're looking for, you will find it in Milan. For a young boy it's an amazing place to grow".