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Barrichello would think about any F1 opportunity

Rubens Barrichello has admitted that he would consider any opportunity to return to F1 in future.

Rubens Barrichello has said that he still hankers after one more chance to race in F1, despite making a new home for himself in the US-based IndyCar Series in 2012.

The Brazilian was the 'odd man out' at Williams when the Grove team opted to pair Bruno Senna with his 2011 team-mate Pastor Maldonado, but found a new home in the United States when childhood friend Tony Kanaan arranged a chance to join the KV Racing Technology team. Although results haven't gone Barrichello's way in the first two-thirds of the year, he appears poised to sign up for a second campaign, but admits that he hasn't completely closed the door on returning to the top flight should the opportunity arise.

“F1 ended too early for me," the Brazilian told an audience in Taubate, "I am the driver with the most experience, but I thought that it would last longer. Some people have tried to bury me, but actually it's not my time yet. My whole life has been an open book. As much as I am focused on Indy, if there is an invitation from F1, I would think about it."

Barrichello started 322 grands prix after making his debut with Jordan in 1993, running with Stewart, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Williams before being left on the sidelines by Senna's signing ahead of the 2012 campaign. The 40-year old remains the most experienced driver in F1 history, although his record could yet be beaten by former Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher, who starts his 300th grand prix at next weekend's race in Belgium and appears poised to continue his comeback into a fourth season in 2013.

Although he tested impressively right from his first outing in an IndyCar, Barrichello has struggled to produce results in his twelve races to date, but admits that he is still in a period of transition from one formula to another.

“My problems have been with the tracks, which are much bumpier than the ones in Europe,” he claimed, “The car is also totally different to the 19 that I drove in my life in F1. I am not criticising, but saying that the problem is just part of my adaption.”

Tagged as: Williams , Rubens Barrichello , KV

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Josh - Unregistered

August 26, 2012 12:13 PM

What does he think he's ever going to achieve in F1? In 2009 he had inarguably the best car on the grid for 1/2 of the season, and even still he had nothing on his teammate who made the most of the opportunity and became a WDC because of it. What is there in F1 for Rubens, and what could Rubens bring back to F1? Nothing, I say. Time to move on and let other people have a turn.

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