Rubens Barrichello will hope to end a tough F1 season on a high this weekend in Brazil in a race he admits is his favourite on the calendar.
Barrichello heads into his home race at Interlagos having scored just four points all season after the Grove-based team struggled with its FW33.
With question marks over his future as Williams continues to be linked with former title winner Kimi Raikkonen, Barrichello will aim to end the season on a high with a return to the top ten for the first time since Canada back in June being his target.
“Brazil: it's the best week and race of the year for me,” he said. “It always goes by so fast but I try to enjoy every little second of it. I love the racing track, especially the Laranjinha corner with it is double apexes. Interlagos has always been very good for overtaking and I expect nothing different this year.
“It's not a particularly long circuit, but it's an interesting one. Some of the track is very twisty, but you have a very long straight, so you need straight-line speed if you don't want to go backwards in the race. For a quick lap you need a combination of good brakes, good traction and good engine power. I am looking for a positive end to the season with a points finish.”
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado meanwhile will also hope to end his season strongly in what will be the closest thing to a home race for the Venezuelan.
“It will be my first time racing in Brazil, although I have visited the country once before and loved it,” he said. “It will be an interesting race for me because it is the closest one to my home country, so I hope to have lots of Venezuelan fans and support for me there.
“I really like the look of the Interlagos track and, having spent time driving it in the simulator, I think it is very fast and I am going to really enjoy it.”