Green is a soccer fan and, actually, Liverpool FC is his club. But having grown up in Leicester, he obviously keeps his fingers crossed for the squad of his hometown as well and last summer was tremendously happy about its unexpected title win.
In the DTM, Green was a candidate for the title in the past two years nearly up until the end of the season but ultimately had to settle for runner-up in 2015 and for third place in the 2016 season. “Finishing the DTM in the top three twice in succession is a strong achievement and bodes well,” says the Briton who competes in car number 53, a number his father used to race with. “It shows that we always had chances of becoming champions. That’s why in 2017 the title can be the only goal. I continue to be fully motivated, work hard for it and, at the moment, am generally very happy with my life, also aside from motorsport.”
With his wife, Ginny, and their three children Green lives in Monte Carlo on the Côte d'Azur. Their oldest son is now seven and received his first Bambini kart in winter. His father used the opportunity to buy a racing kart for himself and now practices on a small race track near San Remo in Italy together with Zachary once a week.
Green is convinced that he will benefit from his new hobby in the DTM as well: “Karting is perfect practice for me. The track is small and my kart very fast. It’s a great physical and mental challenge because everything happens extremely fast. That sharpens your fitness and your senses.”
Green used to dedicate most of his free time to riding a road bike. This passion has been unbroken and continues to be part of his fitness program. In Monaco, his adopted country, he regularly meets for a “coffee shop ride” with fellow race drivers like Paul Di Resta and Lucas di Grassi or former campaigner such as Alex Wurz or David Coulthard. Their bike tours usually take them to the town of Ventimiglia, just across the French-Italian border. “A few British businesspeople and professional bikers regularly join us as well,” relates Green. “It’s a nice mix of people from various backgrounds and cycling continues to be my most important cardio training. In addition, I go to the gym twice a week with a trainer. When I’m traveling I run. That’s the easiest thing to do.”