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Farewell Rubens

by on January 17, 2012


With the news today of Williams signing Bruno Senna, Rubens Barrichello finds himself on the outside of Formula One looking in for the first time in almost 20 years.

Rubens Barrichello has been in Formula 1 since 1993 when he was signed to race by Eddie Jordan. The young Brazilian showed much promise even after suffering from a serious crash in 1994 in Imola.  Eerily the same weekend that his idol, countryman and F1 Legend, Ayrton Senna (Bruno Senna’s uncle) tragically crashed and died. Rubens was injured on that same weekend and unable to contest that race.  F1 mourned the loss of both Roland Ratzenberger who crashed during qualification for the very same race.  A tragic and devastating weekend for F1.

Barrichello’s baptism by fire into the sport made him a stronger more determined pilot.  This eventually lead to his highest (and perhaps lowest) career moments with one of F1’s best known teams, Scuderia Ferrari.  There he tasted victory on several occasions and helped the team dominate the sport with team mate Michael Schumacher.

His stay at Ferrari was bittersweet one might imagine and not without controversy. In 2002, he was ordered to move aside to allow already championship leading teammate Schumi to take the victory. A result that forced changes to the rules of the sport to disallow team orders (albeit no longer active). From that moment, it became clear that Rubens was now a number two driver. Some may argue that this was the beginning of the decline of the Brazilian’s career. This is the second time that it would seem that Barrichello’s career in F1 comes to a halt.  Before Ross Brawn rescued Honda and took over the team as BrawnGP, it appeared that both Rubens and Button were done.  This was not the case however as Brawn GP dominated most of the 2009 season and allowed both drivers to experience a rebirth in the sport.

It is highly unlikely however that the same miracle will happen again for the almost 40 year old pilot.  There is only one seat left for the 2012 season held by HRT and no shortage of drivers to fill it. 

Currently holding a record, which he is sure to lose to Michael Schumacher this coming season, Rubens has 322 races starts under his belt it is likely that this may well be the end of the F1 dream for Rubens Barrichello.

We wish Rubens well in his future endeavours and thank him for the memories.


Ernie Black

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  1. Many will miss Rubens. I think this is going to be very hard for the seasoned pilot to accept. To wake up in March on GP weekend and not be in Australia suiting up will be difficult. It’s much different when one decides to retire and walk away versus having the decision made for you.

    I hear Rubens has an Indy Car test lined up. He may be done in F1 (at least for now) but he’s not done racing it seems.

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