F1 News, Views and Reviews

Barrichello Wants New Williams Contract – Top Bosses Praise Brazilian

Rubens Barrichello has declared that he hopes the Williams F1 Team offer him a new contract to race with them through the 2011 season, following a relatively successful first season with the team which has seen him score points in the last few races.

Barrichello is the most experienced F1 driver of all time, and should hit his 300th race this season having completed 297 so far (post Silverstone 2010).

He spent the last season with Brawn GP, finishing 3rd in the championship behind team mate Jenson Button.  Previously the popular Brazilian drove for Ferrari, Honda and Jordan.

“I hope so. I think it would the natural thing,” Barrichello said of staying at the team.

“Obviously I haven’t signed any contract just yet. I am not talking to anybody else.

“As I said I think Williams would be doing the wrong thing if they were thinking of something else because they already put into the programme of next year so it would be a waste not to be driving.”

“Right now it is almost a waste of time not to have me in the car and driving,” he said. “In terms of speed I am performing better than ever and I think this positiveness is just making such a change.

“And people say well, you are not winning races, how can you be so positive? Well it’s because as a team you have got to believe as a team we’ll produce something that will put us back to the podium area, and then maybe next year make a good car that can effectively bring the first place.”

Meanwhile his teams technical director, Sam Michael, complimented the Brazilian on his fantastic job with the team so far this year.

“Rubens is doing a great job driving our development programme as well as delivering strong qualifying performances and race results,” said Michael.

“We are very satisfied with his contribution to the team as a whole and specifically with the role he is playing when it comes to which direction we take with the car.”


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