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Korean Grand Prix: Barrichello is an option, says Kaltenborn

Rubens Barrichello set for shock return?
Sauber are considering Rubens Barrichello for the 2014 F1 season, team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn has said.

Rumours this week the Brazilian might make a comeback have been dismissed by many, given he is now 41-years-old and given he hasn't driven at the pinnacle of the sport since 2011, when he was dropped by Williams.

However, despite seeming far-fetched, it appears it is not all just 'media talk', with Kaltenborn telling reporters on Thursday in Korea that the veteran and winner of eleven F1 grands prix was a possibility.

Indeed if Sauber do run with Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin, which is thought certain providing he is granted a super licence, then they will need a driver with experience (especially given all the rules changes next season) and Barrichello – so the logic goes – would nicely tick that box, although so too would Felipe Massa or to a lesser extent Nico Hulkenberg, two other drivers said to be possibilities, along with Esteban Gutierrez.

“There are a couple of options out there and we know what he [Rubens] has – his experience," Kaltenborn stated.

“We [also] know that he would like to come back.”

“So, let's wait and see.”

Asked about speculation Barrichello might even get to drive at the Brazilian Grand Prix at the end of November, Kaltenborn added that definitely isn't on the cards.

“I don't see any possibility there because we have no reason to change our two drivers for that race,” she concluded.

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06.09.2013- Friday Press Conference, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT) Sauber Team Principal
03.10.2013- Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT) Sauber Team Principal
07.06.2013- Friday Press Conference,  Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT) Sauber Team Principal
20.04.2012- Free Practice 3, Rubens Barrichello (BRA), TV Globo
20.04.2012- Free Practice 3, Rubens Barrichello (BRA), TV Globo
07.07.2013-  Race, Rubens Barrichello (BRA)
06.07.2013- Qualifying, Rubens Barrichello (BRA)

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October 04, 2013 4:32 PM

Remember, Sauber might have a last minute free seat if the new kid isn't awarded a Super Licence ... & by then, many of the 'regular' drivers should be spoken for. Also, we never know what's happening behind the scenes. Maybe the decision makers behind the Russian money are fans of Ruben ... or see him as an ideal mentor for their kid - one who they think can help him & the team setup the car, but not be fast enough to show him up. There will be lots of politics in the Sauber seat choices ... unfortunately.


October 03, 2013 6:55 PM

More than a bit desperate for both parties I would have thought. I thought Barichello was nicely slotted into an Brazilian TV spot and was content driving stock cars. I t can't make any sense to bring him back when there are so many young drivers available. How about Kamui Koybayshi fo one!

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