My first coach was Pavel Guskov. We met at my first professional testing session in Zelenograd town. He liked what he saw and told me that if I worked hard and worked a lot, it would pay off one day. I appreciate his help a lot. He explained to me that, most importantly, you must work hard.
He also taught me the basics of race craft: the lines, the braking points, and many other details. When I started to show some good speed, we mostly discussed races: about the importance of never giving up, always putting pressure on your opponents. He taught me never to show any weaknesses, to fight tough but clean.
Right after I made the move to open-wheelers from karting, I got a lot of advice from Enrico Toccacelo. We didn't have much time together but with his help, I adapted to the new car. He helped me to switch categories seamlessly. We only had a couple of races together, but he did the most important thing: laid the groundwork for my open-wheeler career. We keep in touch, and meet up every time I travel to Rome.