November 7th, 2011
Rubens Goncalves Barrichello or simply Rubens Barrichello is a professional motorsport driver from the South American nation of Brazil currently plying his trade for the Williams Formula One team in the Formula One circuit. Fans and critics are of the unanimous opinion that Rubens is one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers not to have ever won the drivers’ world championship in the prestigious sport. Barrichello was born on the 23rd of May, 1972 and he shares his birthday with his father who is also named Rubens, as well as his grandfather, Rubens, Sr. Before coming over to Europe to race in open wheel series, Rubens had already won a staggering 5 titles in the go karting championships in Brazil. He raced in Formula Vauxhall Lotus series in 1990 and in his very first season in the series, he won the championship and he repeated this feat again the following year as well at the British Formula Three Championship. He was close to joining the Formula 1 bandwagon at that time at the age of just 19 years but he thought that he was too young at the moment and opted for the Formula 3000 series in 1992.
Rubens Barrichello finished his first season at the Formula 3000 series at third position and he was called in to race in Formula 1 for the Jordan Formula One team for the 1993 season. As a youngster, Rubens idolized the legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna and when he moved to Formula 1, Senna took the young Brazilian under his wing. The image of a shell shocked Rubens with tears rolling down his eyes at Senna’s funeral is one of the most touching images of that time, which was a very difficult period for Formula 1. Rubens Barrichello raced for the Jordan Formula One team for three years between 1993 and 1996 before he switched to join the Stewart Grand Prix racing team in 1997 and stayed with them till 1999. The following season, he made the leap to join the Ferrari team with the legendary Michael Schumacher and stayed with the Scuderia based outfit till the 2005 season. He joined Honda in 2006, staying till 2008 after which he raced alongside Jenson Button for Brawn GP in their title winning season. Since the start of the 2010 season, Rubens Barrichello has been racing for the Williams Formula One team with the #11 car.
May 14th, 2013
Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello holds the record for the most number of starts made in the sport of F1. He has made 326 starts during a glittering career that saw him represent the likes of Ferrari and Honda. He also spent 17 years in F1, which is one of the longest by any driver. Even the seven time world champion Michael Schumacher cannot boast of the record of making most of starts even though he retired from the sport only recently. Red Bull driver Mark Webber has denied any suggestions that he has the record in his sight.
He has said that the record of Barrichello will probably stand for several decades because it is an absolutely impeccable achievement. The 36-year-old Australian driver recently crossed the 200 mark, which only a handful of drivers have managed in the sport. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso can also claim to be proud of reaching this landmark. However, Webber has said that he still has to race for seven more years in the sport if he is to think about even remotely reaching this landmark. Barrichello is currently not involved in F1, but he is still racing in other forms of motorsports.
There have been several rumours that Webber may retire from the sport at the end of the season.
“I’ll never reach it, absolutely no chance. He drove over three hundred Grands Prix and was in Formula One for 17 years, a great career. But it’s a long time. The record will probably last forever. Definitely I can’t challenge it, I’d have to still be here another seven seasons!” said Webber in a recent interview. Webber has made an indifferent start to the 2013 F1 season and he is already a lot of points behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the F1 world championship title race.
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March 27th, 2013
The Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello would be interested in the possibility of returning to Indianapolis 500 according to his former teammate Tony Kanaan. The former Ferrari driver made his debut in the sport last year, and he made a good impression by finishing in the 12th position. However, he has since taken up the opportunity to drive in the Stock Car V8 series in Brazil for the 2013 season. Kanaan has said that Barrichello has been extremely busy with several commitments including a possible F1 punditry job. Kanaan has said that one of the problems that prevent Barrichello from doing the IndyCar series and punditry at the same time is the TV company.
However, it is understood that the veteran driver would jump at the possibility of driving in the IndyCar series. Even if Barrichello wants to return to the series, he is going to be unavailable for the first few races of the campaign. Kanaan has also said that his friend will not be returning to IndyCar series if he does not think that he will get a competitive car. After having a good debut season, Barrichello is keen on racing only for a good team with a good car.
Barrichello is currently being paid to drive in the Stock Car V8 series, while he will have to fund his drive in the IndyCar series. “I was with him this weekend and he was trying to race in St Pete, but he has a lot of commitments right now back home, with the stock car racing and he’s going to do some Formula 1 commentary. I think that the TV broadcast [company] won’t let him do the IndyCar race in Brazil because it’s a conflict between the two TV networks,” said Kanaan in a recent interview about Barrichello’s future.
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January 22nd, 2013
The former Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello will be moving to the Brazilian Stock Car V8 series on a full-time basis for the 2013 season. The 40-year-old had spent just one season in the IndyCar, in which he finished in the 12th position at the end of the season. His best result was a fourth place finish at Sonoma. However, he has decided not to continue with the sport after failing to get the required funding to continue for another season. He has said that after spending more than 20 years representing Brazil in various sports, it is time to return home.
Barrichello is widely known for his exploits with Formula One. He is currently the record holder for the most number of race starts, which stands at 322. He represented the likes of Ferrari and Brawn GP before retiring from the sport a few seasons ago. He started his racing career in his home country Brazil back in 1989 with Brazilian Formula Ford. Since then, he has raced in several levels of motorsport before achieving the pinnacle with Formula One. He was a teammate of the seven time world champion Michael Schumacher while he was at Ferrari. Barrichello has expressed his delight at being able to race in Brazil, which will give him the opportunity to stay closer to his home and family.
“I am excited to announce my plans to race for the 2013 Stock Car Championship in Brazil. After my 20-plus years representing Brazil racing all over the world, it is time to come home. It will be amazing to race in my home country again, while allowing me to be closer to family,” said the 40-year-old. Barrichello already has the experience of racing in the Brazilian Stock Car V8 series after he managed to do three races at the end of last season.