The Indianapolis 500 is less than six weeks away and Fernando Alonso is getting himself prepped up to compete in the races.
However, there have been mixed reactions trailing the decision of the McLaren team driver to compete in the Indy 500.
One of those who did not believe the story of Alonso getting into the Indy 500 whilst passing up the Monaco Grand Prix was Rubens Barrichello. In fact, when the news first came to his ear, he thought it was a hoax. And it wasn’t only him that had such thoughts.
Barrichello,who in 2012tried IndyCar racingafter his own F1 career ran out of steam, is full of surprise that Alonso would prefer to choose theperils of Indy over the plum Monaco race.
Zac Brown,McLaren’s executive director recently made a revelation that before the start of the season, the idea of Alonso racing in the Indy 500 was initially made in a joking fashion. He one day in an off-handedly manner had said that the two should maybe do the 500 together sometime later on. (more…)
Jenson Button, McLaren’s Honda F1 team driver who announced his retirement from F1 at the end of this season way back in August, finally called the curtain down on his career after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held on Sunday.
In an interview granted recently, Jenson Button had made it known that one of his best partner throughout his career was Rubens Barrichello. The duo had spent about four seasons with the McLaren squad and were good partners.
Jenson Button had this to say about Barrichello,
“Without a doubt, Rubens Barrichello is the best partner. We worked together for four years, spoke to Brawn GP, where he fought for the title.
“Rubens taught me a lot in terms of technical operation with the machine. He was a master at fine tuning.
“Alonso is good in this respect, but Rubens is just in another League. Now I know why Schumacher was so fond of to work with this guy.” (more…)
If you are a fan of Rubens Barrichello you will remember the day he finally obtained the title in 2000 German Grand Prix.
It was definitely one of the feats worth remembering. It was as if the day had been etched out for him in the rain. Indeed, it took him seven years, but he was able to break through his bad luck eventually. He ended his career after having gathered eleven wins. He was positioned as one of the top three in 2009 in the world championship rankings. However, it was not easy for Ruben to find the way to reach the podium. F1 history saw his maiden success story worth remembering.
Barrichello has always had the reputation of being a good guy and being an integral part of the Ferrari team. He was part of Michael Schumacher’s division and 2000 was the year when he joined Ferrari by replacing Eddie Irvine. (more…)
Rubens Barrichello is a Brazilian race car driver best known for his time spent in Formula One with Ferrari. He raced in the top motorsport competition for eighteen years between 1993 and 2011 before leaving for the Indy Car Series after losing his racing seat with Williams.
However, his time at the Indy Car Series did not go according to plan and after just one season and failure to find a team, he returned home to race in the Brazilian Stock Car V8 Series where he became the champion in 2014 when he was driving for Full Time Sports.
The Brazilian has scored the tenth highest Formula One Drivers’ World Championship points in history. Between 2000 and 2005, he drove for the legendary Ferrari team as a teammate for Michael Schumacher, and enjoyed considerable success with the Italian team, finishing runners up to the German on two occasions in 2002 and 2004. He also finished third in 2003 and 2009.
During the six years Rubens Barrichello spent at Ferrari, the team won the Formula One Constructors’ World Championship five times. Barrichello left Ferrari at the end of the 2005 season to sign a deal with Honda. Following the retirement of Schumacher in 2006, he became the most experienced driver on the grid at the time, before becoming the most experienced driver in the history of Formula One in 2008. (more…)
Rubens Barrichello was the highlight of the premium motoring Golden Helmet in Brazil, held the evening of Wednesday in Sao Paulo. The pilot was the winner in the category Stock Car, which was the champion this year and celebrated the fact of not having cried with honor.
After receiving the award from the hands of Paulo Gomes first Stock Car champion in 1979, Rubens attended a tribute with photos that recorded all season. However, the stronger, the pilot held the tears and said he was less “whiner”.
Former Formula 1 driver was delighted with his return to Brazil and evaluated the season as “exceptional”. F-1 runner-up in 2002 and 2004, Rubens also revealed that, in 2013, tried to negotiate another year in Indy, but gave up the idea after his first test in Stock Car.
More accustomed to the category, Barrichello said the unprecedented title came thanks to the learning achieved with the 2013 errors and celebrates the way the season ended for him: “Ending the year with the children on the car gave a priceless emotion,” said to the press at the awards.
Pietro Fittipaldi also won the Golden Helmet award for the house. The 18-year-old won the international category. He was invited to the week of the Formula 3 tests and caught the attention of Ferrari, who called him to meet his school pilots.