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Crash.net's F1 top ten: 8th

Proving that there is plenty of life left in the old dog yet even at nearly 40 years of age, in at number eight in our top ten countdown of F1 2010 is the most experienced driver in the field - Williams star Rubens Barrichello
8 – Rubens Barrichello

There were some who surmised pre-season that Rubens Barrichello's transfer from Brawn GP – now Mercedes Grand Prix – to Williams was merely a means for the veteran Brazilian to pick up his pension pot, living out the closing days of his record-breaking F1 career in midfield ignominy. If that was so, then clearly nobody thought to tell 'Rubinho'.

Right from the word 'go' in F1 2010, Barrichello swiftly made it apparent that Indian summer or not, he was determined to give it everything he had with his new employer – his fifth in the top flight. Thirteen times in 19 races, the likeable Paulista made it into the top ten shoot-out in qualifying – in the last seven outings, indeed, never once missing the Q3 cut – and he converted seven of those efforts into race day points finishes to-boot.

Ten times over the course of the campaign the 38-year-old troubled the scorers – with back-to-back stand-out performances along the way in Valencia and at Silverstone, yielding fourth and fifth places respectively – and his contribution was pivotal to Williams narrowly pipping Force India to sixth spot in the final constructors' rankings. All-too often in recent years, the Grove-based outfit has fallen off the pace as the season has advanced. That it improved rather than regressed in 2010 was in large part thanks to Rubens' keen development skills.

What's more, he ably handled his young team-mate Nico Hülkenberg, finding himself out-qualified on only six occasions by the man who was widely touted as the sport's next big thing – demonstrating that his raw speed remains very much intact, even the best part of two decades on from his F1 debut. Notably, he was rarely out-raced.

He might be nearing 40 years of age now, but what is palpably clear is that there is plenty of life left yet in this particular old dog – and that Sir Frank Williams made a wise decision indeed. To re-sign him for 2011 was a no-brainer at the end of the day, giving Barrichello at least one more well-deserved season to write a few extra chapters in what has been a truly extraordinary career.


Statistics – Rubens Barrichello:

Team: Williams
Car: Williams-Cosworth FW32

Championship position: 10th
Points: 47

Race starts: 19
Pole positions: 0
Victories: 0
Podiums: 0
Fastest laps: 0
Best result: 4th (Valencia)
Points finishes: 10


Crash.net's Top 10 F1 drivers of 2010:

8. Rubens Barrichello
9. Heikki Kovalainen
10. Nico Hülkenberg


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Saturday Practice, Rubens Barrichello (BRA), Williams, FW32
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Friday Practice 1, Rubens Barrichello (BRA), Williams, FW32 celebrates 300 GPs
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Qualifying, Rubens Barrichello (BRA), Williams, FW32
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Olek - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 4:17 PM

Kubica had the highest grade midseaason according to crash, have a feeling he will drop down. Got to figure Seb as first although outside qualifying he has much to prove (his passing attempt at spa on button comes to mind), but he won the championship and never gave up. The question is will crash rate alonso higher than Kubica, he made a comback, but his inability to pass Massa in Germany (before team orders) and Petrov in the finale makes you wonder. Hami fans will come down on me but really it was his championship to lose and he did, his dnfs at singapore and monza (both avoidable) were devastating. As for Rubens, it was good to see the fired up old man when Schumi "almost killed him" in Budapest. When can we finally see these two in a cage match? Crash painting itself in a corner here with top ten, where does nico ros fit in?



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