Rubens Barrichello will soon become the F1 driver to have started the most races but he’s told the media he wants to go on much longer:
It is no secret that my contract expires at the end of the year. I want to extend it, because I think that with Ross Brawn a new and promising era has begun at Honda.
2008 is definitely not my last season – now I want to finish with more than 300 Grands Prix.
It’s great that he still wants to stay in the sport having been in it so long – but shouldn’t he aspire to more than simply having started a lot of races?
Earlier this week I suggested Ross Brawn would want to keep Barrichello at Honda at least for 2009. There’s going to be a massive change in regulations next year and continuity in the driver line-up would be a useful thing.
Particularly so because Brawn has many years’ experience of working with Barrichello at Ferrari. In Formula 1 it is paramount that engineers understand what drivers are telling them about the cars – something Brawn and Barrichello did for six years at Ferrari. They have shared experiences and common reference points.
I reckon Barrichello’s will get another year at Honda – but no more. Unless, of course, he turns things around and starts beating Jenson Button.