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Barrichello hints at new Williams deal

Rubens Barrichello hints that he may still be in the running to stay with Williams for the 2012 F1 season
Rubens Barrichello has hinted that he could remain with Williams for the 2012 season despite speculation that the experienced Brazilian was facing the real possibility of losing his drive.

Williams endured a disastrous 2011 campaign with Barrichello scoring just four points – the third lowest tally he has secured during an F1 career that started all the way back in 1993.

For some time, questions have been raised about whether Barrichello would extend his F1 career into another season, with Adrian Sutil having been linked with his drive following his departure from Force India.

Bruno Senna has also emerged as another candidate for the drive after his departure from Renault, and has been seen visiting the Williams factory in Grove [See separate story HERE] as he attempts to secure his own place on the grid for next season.

However, while many have written off Barrichello's chances of retaining his drive, the 39-year-old has now suggested that he could be close to extending his deal with Williams into a third year, hinting on Twitter that he was still very much in the running to partner Pastor Maldonado again in 2012.

"Just came back from England,” he wrote. “Now some holidays...and waiting for good news from Williams."

Barrichello is the most experienced driver on the F1 grid, having made more than 320 race starts for teams including Jordan, Ferrari, Honda and Brawn GP.




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27.11.2011- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams FW33 and Rubens Barrichello (BRA), Williams FW33
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24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
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24.08.2014-Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
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Gary - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 9:05 AM

If Williams are to enjoy success again they need Experience to develop the car, and u don't get Anymore experience than Rubens!!! I agree let Bruno or sutil have a drive for 2012 But give them Maldonados seat!!!! How can a world championship winning team Who claim they want to fight at the front again Do this with a "pay" driver???

Chris - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 11:32 AM

Taipan, that so called great, experienced car developer was the guy who made a big contribution to Schumacher and Ferrari winning championships, lets not forget that it was often known that Schumacher sometimes borrowed Ruben's set up in the races. Lets not forget how he helped Button get his first championship. I seem to remember Button getting rather bothered when Ruben's side of the garage stopped sharing telemetry while he was still in with a shot for the driver's championship. With that in mind, I'd pick Rubens and his experience to take the second Williams seat.



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