Reuben Barichello is set to appear at the world KZ kart event to be held in December.
The former formula 1 driver with the Ferrari team has said he will be contesting at the CIK-FIA world championship in Sweden.
Barichello will be contesting at the event with the Birtel ream and he seemed to be anticipating the event as he is very enthusiastic about it. The world championship for shifter karts was won in 2013 by max Verstappen before his graduation to cars.
While this may be an unusual step for a formula 1 retiree, Barichello will not be the first driver who had participated in f1 to have entered the event. The most recent of which was Jaime alguersuari, a former driver with the Toro Rosso team who had competed in 2013.
In an interview addressing his decision to participate, Barichello said;
“I am delighted to have accepted the invitation to become part of this great team, at 44 years of age, I never thought of competing in a Karting Championship and when I told my children, they were very enthusiastic.”
He went ahead to say that he was anticipating the race as it will provide him an international platform.
“It is a great dream which is about to come true, I’m training a lot and my commitment is 100%, just like on the eve of a formula 1 grand prix.”
Before moving into cars, Barichello, was a champion of multiple karting events in brazil and he had finished ninth at the junior world championship held in 1987.
The technical director of Birel ART Gianluca Beggio said that it will be a great honor to have Rubens Barichello on the team and that he was truly delighted to be able to count on him for the world KZ championships. He said that the race will be a great experience and that the whole team was looking forward to it.