On February 4, he was awarded the Degree of Commander of the Order of Merit. What did you feel?
It was a great pride to receive this distinction from the President of the Republic, Prof. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The whole situation, since I was invited, when I received his call, in a first phase, after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to congratulate me was, without a doubt, very special. Then, being able to spend a little with him, accompanied by my daughters and my wife, was fantastic. It is a great pride.
What words did Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa convey to you?
He congratulated me on the achievements I achieved and said that Portugal, despite being small in geographic dimension, is a fighting country, with great feats and courage. It is good to know that we continue to show that we are a great country and with people of great value. He thanked, on behalf of the country, my achievements.
Finished 2020 to win and starts 2021 to win again the 24H of Daytona. Was it a great start for the new team, Wayne Taylor Racing?
I am really happy with the start of the season. I knew I had a pretty good team to win, but things did.
How does it feel to win a race with such symbolism for the “lovers” of automotive resistance?
It is a great pride and this is what I work for and prepare for. Winning Daytona, for the third time, is good, because we never know when it might be the next time, if that victory happens again.
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