F1 » Barrichello: I made older drivers all the rage in F1!

Rubens Barrichello jokes that his title-challenging form in 2009 has brought older drivers back into fashion in F1 - as he now bids to draw upon all of his experience to return Williams to winning ways in 2010

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Yirmin Snipe - Unregistered

February 19, 2010 2:59 PM

I never did understand the belief that drivers somehow lost their ability as they got older... its possible that some reflexes might fad over time though not really until they get to 40... its also seemed possible to me that an older driver might just be a little more suicidal and to the point where they aren't willing to back off in a fight for the turn and be willing to take out the other driver...

To me the only time I tend to see drivers lose it is after a very bad crash, after they just get married or after they have their first kid... those things tend to be more damaging than age.


February 19, 2010 4:03 PM

Great to hear Rubens still has the fighting talk . He may be correct about the "older" drivers having the experience to draw on . He was always a second driver but still had loads of charector . Good on you Rubs . :)


February 19, 2010 8:24 PM

Yirmin - young guys use lightning quick reflexes to compensate for their smaller experience base. The old guys use a larger experience base to compensate for declining reflexes.

I still don't understand how the Rube managed to enrage all the older drivers...

Alan D - Unregistered

February 19, 2010 10:04 PM

"with his title-challenging form at the grand old age of 37"

Schumacher is 3 years and five months older than Barrichello. Therefore, MS was older when he was challenging for the championship in 2006 than RB was at the same stage in 2009. (And who really thought of RB as challenging for the WDC?)

Nigel Mansell won the WDC at the age of 39, (older than RB was last year) and the Indycart championship the following year at the age of 40.

I think the current interest in once-retired drivers like MS and JV is not because of anything RB did in 2009, but rather a realisation that MS and JV created more interest in the sport than many of today's current crop, RB included.


February 20, 2010 5:12 PM

George Z - andrew mac envisioned Fogy F1 a few months back to accomodate the elder generation. Complete with mandatory pit stop for the obligatory late afternoon pint. Prescient eh?

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