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Barrichello: It`s F1 or retirement for me now.

Rubens Barrichello has stated that should he not be retained by Honda for the 2009 Formula 1 season, he will hang up his racing helmet for good rather than carry on in another series.

The Brazilian – the most 'capped' driver in the sport's history, with a record-breaking 267 grand prix starts under his belt since making his debut with Jordan all the way back in 1993 – still does not know whether he will remain a fixture on the grid next year, with Honda seeming to favour youth and 'fresh blood' over experience in the words of CEO Nick Fry, despite the raft of regulation changes coming into force as of next season.

The Brackley-based outfit is under pressure to field a Brazilian driver in 2009 at the behest of key sponsor Petrobras, and GP2 Series front-runners Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi are both due to test for the squad in Barcelona next week.

Should Barrichello fail to hang onto his seat – which he recognises is entirely contingent upon just how well his countrymen perform behind the wheel around the Circuit de Catalunya – it had been rumoured that he may look into joining his old friend Tony Kanaan across the Pond in the IndyCar Series, despite his wife's well-documented misgivings. Not so, he insists.

“Either I stay in F1 or I won't race,” the 36-year-old told the International Herald Tribune. “If they (Senna and di Grassi) are good they will keep the position, but if an empty seat is left, I'll take it.”

Barrichello has also been linked to a possible drive at Scuderia Toro Rosso. The São Paulista triumphed in nine races as Michael Schumacher's team-mate at Ferrari between 2000 and 2004, and registered Honda's only podium finish of the 2008 campaign, courtesy of an inspired wet-weather charge in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Moreover, he out-scored team-mate Jenson Button by eleven points to three this season, and out-qualified the Briton ten times to eight. Button is widely expected to keep his seat at Honda in 2009.


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Robsy - Unregistered

November 13, 2008 3:58 PM

If you don't love Rubinho as a person, you have no soul. Thinking about him as a driver, and especially in light of the regulation changes, Honda would be very very foolish to ditch him in 09. They need stability and development ability: they could well arrive at the opening race with a front-challenging car thanks to abandoning 08, but it won't keep them there. I think he would have fun at STR, but I'm not sure he would set the world on fire there.

guppy200 - Unregistered

November 14, 2008 9:56 AM

Of course we all love Rubinho. But face it, Honda are stuck with two drivers whom are not getting the job done in an underperforming car. Yes, it's both the fault of the drivers and the car. Ross Braun was brought in to try to turn the ship around. Braun has a huge job on his hands, and was in some ways very optomistic that he could accomplish such a fete. What would the two most successful team managers of late, Jean Todt, and Flavio Briatore do? Would they wait for the car to come around or would they start making decisions, good or bad? Ross Braun's job at some point will be on the line too. How long does he wait before making driver changes? Safe bet is ALWAYS fire the old driver.



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