F1 » Wealthy youngsters heap pressure on Barrichello

The likes of Jules Bianchi, Stefano Coletti, Davide Valsecchi and Sam Bird could be in line to replce Rubens Barrichello at Williams next year.

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Caroline - Unregistered

August 18, 2011 2:09 PM

Nearly every driver brings money in the form of sponsorship to a team, from Lauda to Schumacher, Alonso to Perez.

Nothing new, but it's when you get chuggers like Michael Andretti that my eyes roll.

Schaki - Unregistered

August 18, 2011 2:44 PM

"paydriver"... Sure Maldonado may have brought some cash and sponsors with him. But so? that's what most rookies do. And unlike some other of them Maldonado has shown that he actually have some talent and can challenge Barrichello which have plenty of experience of Formula one. Just look at how Hulkenberg sucked against Barrichello last year although them had a more competitive car that year.

Gaz - Unregistered

August 18, 2011 2:51 PM

This is the problem:-

Crap Car = Barrichello nowhere and salary appears wasted!

Good Car = Pay drivers, no experience to exploit the cars potential, whereas Rubens would put it in the top 6!

Produce a decent car first Mr Williams and then decide what drivers are best!

Si23 - Unregistered

August 18, 2011 2:59 PM

Rubens drove for the cost of the fuel for his jet in 2009 when he was with Brawn (he likes to go back to Brazil inbetween races).

He made his money when he was driving for Ferrari and if he wants to stay in F1 I am sure he would drive for the jet fuel again - rather than be out of F1.

I do not think that Frank Williams would run two rookie / funded drivers to be honest - he never has in the whole history of the team and I cannot see him starting now. Why bring in a new Designer/Tech Director, Renault Engines etc if you do not have a driver to exploit the package.

Bystander - Unregistered

August 18, 2011 3:12 PM

We should differentiate between "pay drivers" and those which bring sponsorship AND talent - I think Maldonado is doing both. None of us know Williams' true financial situation, so maybe they have to prioritise getting sponsorship income - even if it would be potentially at the detriment of car development. Sauber isn't doing too badly with two inexperienced drivers, "pay drivers" or not. But it has to be the right one.

But personally I'd love Barrichello to continue - and given where Williams are and where they want to be, I think his experience should help...


August 18, 2011 6:30 PM

The financial situation at Williams (incoming cash flow) is such that the less money going out the better as such I am afraid that next year they will be forced to take another pay driver.
Reshuffling the team (technical staff) and changing over from Cosworth to Renault may not cost them more money or very little more than at present.


August 18, 2011 6:33 PM

How long has it been when Williams could challenge the top five positions on the grid? After the JV championship in the late 90's ...Williams is super lucky to have Rubins. Barrichello still has the ability to bring the fight to the top five. The real problem is obvious.
management and that uncompetitive (Turtle) car.
Time to man-up, face the problems. Some rookie with a
truck full of gold is not the answer. Loose Rubins and be prepared to fiddle around in Q1 for the next 5 years!


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