IndyCar » Barrichello weighing IndyCar future

Former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello is fast approaching the point of the season where he has to start considering his future in - or out - of the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2013.

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David chaste - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 1:49 PM

Unless Chip Ganassi is willing to give him the same hardware that Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti have, it's not worth the move there. Graham Rahal is leaving because of that exact same reason. He could have been in the top 10 or even top 5 overall if he had the same spec ride as the target branded cars.

Unless they're willing to give him that and have it in writing, I would opt for Schmidt or Rahal-Letterman.

T - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 2:11 PM

Rahal would have been a winner this season if he hadn't binned the car with two laps to go.

Rubens is finding - like previous F1 refugees - that Indy is not the inferior series driver wise and that eg Will Power / Dario / Scott Dixon would not be out of place on an F1 grid.

I expect Rubens to go better in his second season - be that with a Honda or championship winning Chevy

David Chaste - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 2:34 PM

As far as Rahal, that usually happens when you're driving at 12/10th to get the car to go as fast as you need it to go. But his car is under performing considering he's just as fast or faster than his 2 senior teammates

Don - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 3:48 PM

Rubens is finding out that there are very good drivers in IndyCar, and the car itself is harder to drive (physically) than an F1 car without power steering. Pushing the limits of cold tires after a pit stop is another area that he's had problems with. Maybe he just isn't that good anymore?

cruachan - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 5:39 PM

In Rahal's defence his car isn't a true Ganassi car like Dario and Dixie, his runs out of a satellite garage run by Don Prudhomme along with Charlie Kimball.

Don't think it's Rubens much, TK is truggling a bit too so it seems like KVRT just aren't getting the best out of the car yet.

Thorborg - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 5:46 PM

Sounds like Rubens heart is still in F1. The trouble is he wants F1 more than F1 wants him. Perhaps he is still homesick.

I think he should try to put F1 out of his mind and accept it is over.

I feel he is in danger of weakening his position when negotiating or attempting to sign contracts with Indycar teams. I don't think that giving the impression his heart and mind are somewhere else will help his chances...

He needs to come out and say "I have no intention of ever returning to F1, I want to race Indycars".

Guitarman - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 6:01 PM

If a supposedly top F1 pilot is this slow compared with Indy guys, what encouragement is there for spectators to turn out for a US GP?

Mansell went stateside and got his act together straight away. But then his background was in cars with far fewer 'talent aids' than F1 cars have nowadays. With Montoya making little impact in NASCAR, it's doubtful if US fans will consider Bernie's circus as important as he thinks it is.

BOSSMAN1 - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 6:27 PM

Actually guitarman f1 doesn't have any aids to help the driver no TC ABS stability control anti lock brakes etc nothing at all it 750HP and a driver how you control the power is your choice and the williams 1992 car is more technologically advanced than todays F1 cars!

Audioquest - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 8:53 PM

KV Racing should just switch over to Honda engines for 2013 and the problem would be solved. Kanaan and Barichello have always been Honda runners and I don't understand why Kalkovan would have ended up in the Ilmor engine camp.

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