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Barrichello plays down rumours of a move

Rubens Barrichello has told reporters at Sonoma Raceway that he wants to stay in IndyCar in 2013, and that he has no plans to turn his back on current team KV Racing.
Following media reports in the last few weeks suggesting that he was growing disenchanted with the performance of his current IZOD IndyCar Series team, KV Racing Technology, former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello has stressed that he wants to stay in IndyCar in 2013.

"I'd like to keep myself in the Series," Barrichello told PressSnoop.com's Lynne Huntting at Sonoma Raceway on Friday, where the Brazilian finished fifth fastest in the first 75-minute practice session with a time of 1:19.4015s (108.134 mph) on the newly revised 12-turn, 2.31-mile permanent road course in California. (See separate story and session results.)

"When I said before that I'm looking for a more competitive environment, I wasn't meaning that I was going to leave KV as it looks like," he continued. “I'm looking to keep myself in the series and to do it better next year. That's a better way to look at it.

“I said that I wanted Jimmy and Kevin to make it more competitive," added Barrichello, referring to KV team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and Kevin Kalkhoven. "I didn't mean to be disrespectful of my racing team, because I think this is a bad attitude if that was what I was thinking - but this wasn't the case."

Barrichello also told PressSnoop.com that he had every expectation that KV were on the right track and would improve over the coming months.

"I think the team didn't do fantastically well [so far in 2012], but there's no reason why they cannot do it next year," he said. "That's what I meant from it."

At the start of August, Barrichello's comments to US cable broadcaster SPEED had seemed to imply that he was frustrated with the situation at KV Racing to the point of starting to look elsewhere for 2013.

"I have a situation where we have disappointing results, but I keep smiling because I'm on a learning curve." he had told the channel's reporter Marshall Pruett. "I just want a car that is capable of winning. I'm only talking about the car right now. I need to see if that's with KV, or if that's with somebody else.

"I'm not talking about wanting a big money deal for me to go here or there," he had insisted. "I made no money whatsoever this year, everything went right straight into the car ... That shows my level of commitment, but to be running 15th in the series I love, it's not funny. We need to see what it takes to move forward."

Since then, Barrichello has also made comments to German media that prompted many to believe that he didn't think his time in F1 was necessarily completely behind him and that he was still searching for a way back into Grand Prix competition. (See separate story.)

"I think there is still a way back," he had told Auto Motor und Sport. "My heart bleeds that I cannot be there."

With reporting from Sonoma courtesy of Lynne Huntting, PressSnoop.com.



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Jerry - Unregistered

August 25, 2012 2:19 PM

Backtrack much? Like Don, I've been a big fan of Rubens and have loved watching him race IndyCar this year, but please less talk more podiums (or just one please)!



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