Rubens Barrichello will hope to shine on home soil this weekend at Interlagos as Brazil plays host to the penultimate race of the 2010 F1 season.
This weekend will mark Barrichello's first appearance at the Sao Paulo circuit in Williams colours as he seeks to maintain tenth place in the championship standings – having moved ahead of Adrian Sutil with a seventh place finish in Korea.
With Williams also looking to move ahead of Force India in the constructors' championship, Barrichello said he was excited about the prospect of racing on home soil with Williams set to count on bumper support from the Brazilian fans.
“This is my favourite race: I love the city, the people and the attitude of the fans,” he said. “I just love being there, but it goes by too quickly! The track has a great layout. In my opinion, the double right hander of turns six and seven is one of the best corners in the world. There are places to overtake around Interlagos, while there's always a chance of rain to make things interesting.
“Achieving a good set-up and qualifying result is important, but it's not always easy to set the car up – you need strong traction and balance. The Williams tends to suit Brazil, and I have a new engine for this race, so we shall see. From the messages I've been receiving, I know that the fans want the team to do well this weekend and we'll be pushing hard to deliver.”
Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg will be racing in Brazil for the first time and said his target was to score more points towards his championship total.
“I haven't been to Brazil before, but I'm definitely looking forward to going there as everyone says how cool it is,” he said. “Interlagos is another new circuit for me, and one of the few tracks on the calendar that runs anti-clockwise. The track itself looks challenging but interesting. I'm particularly looking forward to driving the Senna S, as well as turns six and seven; the fast, double right hander. After Korea, I can't wait to get back into the FW32 and go racing again. We'll be looking to get more points at this race.”