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Barrichello faces nervous wait ahead of next season
November 28, 2011 (16:45) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk
Rubens Barrichello faces an anxious few weeks following what was one of the most emotional weekends of his Formula One career. Barrichello's overwhelming determination to remain in Formula One, even though it is almost certain he will not be with Williams next season, lay at the heart of his decision not to say any goodbyes at the end of yesterday's Brazilian Grand Prix. After 19 seasons and a record-breaking 322 starts, Barrichello has made it clear on numerous occasions he does not want to quit, but it is hard to see where he can go. Of the seats available, Williams are poised to retain Barrichello's team-mate Pastor Maldonado, due to the considerable sums of sponsorship money he brings in from Venezuelan state-owned gas company PDVSA, with Adrian Sutil switching from Force India. At Renault, the partnership is due to be Vitaly Petrov, again due to his financial backing, along with Romain Grosjean, with Bruno Senna reverting back to reserve. Toro Rosso, even if they opt not to retain Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi, always rely on the Red Bull young driver academy, with Jean-Eric Vergne waiting in the wings. It means the only conceivable vacancy is at Hispania Racing where another veteran in Pedro de la Rosa has been signed up for 2012, but with no announcement as yet on a second driver. Despite that, Barrichello said: "I'm not ready to finish just yet. I am really hopeful." Barrichello even unveiled a picture of his helmet design for the opening race of next season in Australia drawn by 10-year-old son Fernando to add to the emotion of the occasion. "I feel like I am at the peak of my performance, and I get on with the team very much," said Barrichello. "The only thing lacking now is a more competitive car, which I am pretty sure Williams will have, and I want to drive that car." Barrichello, who finished 14th at Interlagos yesterday, opted not to even perform any season-finale donuts as he did not want it to represent a farewell gesture. "These past few days have been emotional," said Barrichello. "There was a lot of talk about me retiring, being asked whether I am ready to stop and so on. "Sometimes I am an emotional guy and I'm proud of that, but I try to be as cold as England sometimes. "If I think of everything I have been through these last 19 years and how much my father has devoted to me for all this time, it's very emotional. "I knew on my slowing down lap I could have said goodbye to the fans, but I just waved. I know I will be back. "There are more options, but the best one is within Williams, and I don't need a big contract. "I just need something that tells me I am driving next year in a competitive car. I'm not asking for any favours and I don't want to be driving just for the sake of driving. "I'm almost doing it for nothing already, so the next thing is I will be paying to do it! "But I deserve the race drive for next year. The team know if anyone can lead, I can do it." More...
Barrichello confident over 2012 race seat
November 27, 2011 (20:31) [ Indexed from GPUpdate.net
Despite enduring a troublesome home Grand Prix at Interlagos on Sunday, Rubens Barrichello is still hopeful of securing a place on the Formula 1 grid next season. Starting this afternoon's race on a slight hill, the 39-year-old lost a handful of positions on the first lap and could only fight back to 14th at the chequered flag. More...
Barrichello: I feel great!
November 26, 2011 (21:25) [ Indexed from Crash.Net
Williams' Rubens Barrichello is full of optimism after qualifying twelfth in Brazil ahead of the final race of the F1 2011 season. More...
Barrichello qualifying boosts morale at Williams
November 26, 2011 (20:05) [ Indexed from F1technical.net
In front of a home crowd, Rubens Barrichello delivered one of the strongest qualifying laps of his season at Interlagos today. Making it through Q1, Rubens set his fastest lap of the afternoon, on the soft tyre, which puts him in P12 for tomorrows race. Pastor Maldonado meanwhile was unable to progress through Q1 and stranded in 18th place. More...
My lap felt like pole position, says Barrichello
November 26, 2011 (18:05) [ Indexed from GPUpdate.net
Rubens Barrichello says his fastest qualifying effort at Interlagos on Saturday afternoon ‘was like a pole position’ lap with the Williams machinery he is currently driving. The Brazilian will start his home Grand Prix from 12th position, an impressive six places ahead of team-mate and fellow South American Pastor Maldonado. More...
Good-bye Barrichello? The Brazilian's past, present and future
November 26, 2011 (13:50) [ Indexed from Formula1.com
It's 1993. Bill Clinton has been inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States. Jurassic Park is the top-grossing film in cinemas. Apartheid is being gradually dismantled in South Africa. The very first internet search engines are being devised. And in Formula One, Williams are dominating with their innovative FW15, whilst young Brazilian hopeful Rubens Barrichello finds his feet at Jordan.
Now fast forward to 2011. Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States. The last of eight Harry Potter films is the top-grossing film. Google processes over a billion internet search requests a day. And in F1, Red Bull are dominating with their innovative RB7 whilst Brazilian stalwart Rubens Barrichello struggles to get the best from his Williams. More...
Barrichello: Everything going according to plan
November 25, 2011 (19:20) [ Indexed from GPUpdate.net
Rubens Barrichello could face a Q1 qualifying elimination in Brazil on Saturday, judging by Williams’ pace in free practice. The Paulista, three times a pole-sitter at Interlagos, ended Friday in 18th place and just over two tenths of a second slower than team-mate Pastor Maldonado, although fuel loads remain unknown. More...
Schumacher: Barrichello deserves 2012 seat
November 25, 2011 (14:01) [ Indexed from GPUpdate.net
Michael Schumacher has described former Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello as ‘one of the icons of Formula 1’ and a man who deserves to be on the grid next year. With Williams yet to announce its drivers for 2012 and names such as Adrian Sutil and Kimi Raikkonen being linked to the squad, Barrichello has been tipped for an exit. More...
Massa: I would advise Barrichello to retire
November 24, 2011 (09:50) [ Indexed from GPUpdate.net
Rubens Barrichello should make the conscious decision to walk away from Formula 1 after this weekend’s season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. That is the opinion of compatriot Felipe Massa, who believes the Williams driver should not remain if he is required to find funding. More...
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