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.