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Rubens Barrichello says driving on an oval has opened his eyes

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May 08, 2012 1:45 PM

How could Rubens expect that f1 with its bends and chicanes could prepare him for the oval circuit which is basically cars driving flat out for a large amount of time.

The great Nigel Mansell went to Indy and kicked butt in his first season and set a track record in his second season at the Michigan oval with track speed of 235 mph which i think is still a record on a closed track. Rubens the ovals are for the real swashbucklers like Mansell.


May 08, 2012 4:38 PM

@RGB did you read the report properly?

"Having moved over to the IndyCar Series after losing his drive with Williams, Barrichello has made four starts so far, although all have been on street or road courses more akin to those he has experienced in the past while in F1".

RB has not raced on an oval yet.


May 08, 2012 5:26 PM
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Ghog, i'm aware he has not raced on a oval circuit yet, but he has driven on the Texas circuit in practise that is why he is making the comment that f1 has not prepared him for driving on a oval track. My point is why would he think his f1 experience would assist him in driving on a track which has no resemblance to an f1 circuit.


May 08, 2012 5:51 PM


Well his next race is the Indianapolis 500, lets see how he gets on in roundy round.

After all he is an accomplished racing driver.

Like the Yanks say just turn left at the 1st corner........

Droog - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 7:07 PM

I had the chance to drive at Las Vegas Speedway at the Petty Driving Experience a few years ago, and I can dig where Rubinho's coming from.
I am a dyed in the wool twisty bits fan and love taking the mickey out of Nascar fans, but, I gotta say, it does take some stones to stay flat coming out of one of those huge banked corners.
It was hotter than hell, and I was only doing 160mph +/-, I can't imagine doing it at 200+ for 500 miles. Physically or Mentally, major test for Rubinho.
Probably the INDYCAR chassis is a LOT better than that big pig of a stock car I was in, but still..

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