Barrichello tipped to stay at Williams

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In the round-up: Rubens Barrichello could stay at Williams this year.


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The Limit wants to see how Sebastian Vettel performs under pressure:

The true test for Vettel will be when things do not go his way. When the car is not performing while others are, and when the media starts wagging and pointing their fingers and speculating as the why the double champion is no longer winning.

Other drivers have experienced that pressure recently, non more so than Lewis Hamilton and it is obviously a place no one wants to be in. But that is what you get when you are the supposed top man in your profession, and those who are quick to heap praise on the young German now will be also quick to pour scorn down the road when things get tough.

How he deals with the pressure if, for instance, Fernando Alonso has a strong 2012 or the McLarens improve is the million dollar question? Then we will see what Vettel is made of, in terms of his real personality and his ability to handle pressure. As far as his driving is concerned, he obviously is extremely talented, but I would like to see him perform in a sub-par car to really see how he gets on.
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106 comments on Barrichello tipped to stay at Williams

  1. vjanik said on 3rd January 2012, 9:25

    Rubens, i dont think Williams need consistency. They had their worst season in history. They need a BIG change and fast.

    there are plenty of young drivers ready to jump into that seat, and I’d wager that if Williams let all of them do a qualifying lap (maybe at the first test) Rubens would be surprised by their pace compared to his own.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 3rd January 2012, 12:13

      Williams need consistency, not speed. The FW33 hit rock-bottom, so they need to develop a car. To that end, they need an experienced driver. Barrichello might be slow, but unlike most rookies, he can develop the car. A slow driver gradually improving a car is always better than a fast rookie who can’t go anywhere with a poor car.

      • RBAlonso (@rbalonso) said on 3rd January 2012, 16:16

        As much as it pains me to say this, @prisoner-monkeys, I think that puts Sutil into the box seat for the drive on that criteria. Sutil is reliable and is a greater prospect than Rubens. Now, I detest Sutil, too many crashes and not enough learning from his errors…don’t get me started on him nailing the throttle every time he spins! But Williams would get both speed and consistency from Sutil and probably one or the other from any other pairing.

  2. Speed Damon (@speeddemon) said on 3rd January 2012, 11:20

    Not sure I want to see Rubens in F1 next year.

    He’s a good diver and a very nice guy but I think it’s time for him to move along and let the next generation have their chance. People like Sutil, Buemi and Alguesuari are all without drives and are still promising drivers who could help the team move formward.

    However, i can see what Rubens would bring to the team, in that he’s vastly more experienced than the aforementioned. Maybe Williams would do better to offer him a test driver seat, so he can help develop the car and then keep him on as a mentor to the other drivers like Maldonado and whoever the 2nd driver will be.

    • themagicofspeed (@) said on 3rd January 2012, 12:02

      I dont think he would want to be merely a mentor, if you hear his interviews you can tell he still has passion to race, i dont think mentoring those who do race would motivate him at all. If he does call it a day, i wouldnt be surprised if he walked away and maybe attended some races with his family.

  3. themagicofspeed (@) said on 3rd January 2012, 11:58

    I know Rubens has been in F1 now for his fair share, and if he were to retire i would think he’d be happy with what he’s achieved, despite not being WDC he was still pretty good at his peak, but if he stays at Williams, he could be just what they need right now – a (very) experienced driver who is a safe pair of hands and can provide good tech feedback. Thats 3 things a rookie or pay driver just wont be able to provide, i think. It would make sense to have Rubens, and maybe Sutil. Maldonado is O.K but not what Williams need right now. If they trust in Barrichello and invest in an established non-pay driver (i.e Sutil) it could well pay off for them. If he can bring williams on an upward path before his retirement, imo it could be his greatest acheivement.

  4. Silverstone 2010, coming through the field to 6th/7th/wherever from 24th, China 2007, to finish 4th in the wet, and Spain 2011, where he overtook when he needed to. He can overtake…

  5. Oh intended to reply on my previous, comment. Whoops :)

  6. Wolfgang (@amadeus) said on 3rd January 2012, 12:27

    What’s the difference between Vettel and DiResta ? Light years.
    C’mon man….

  7. JimN (@jimn) said on 3rd January 2012, 13:21

    To me Williams have three basic choices in drivers.

    1. a young rookie, but unless they can guarantee the likes of a Hamilton or Vittel, which they can’t, then that would be a very brave move. Far too brave I would think for the current state of Williams.

    2. A current semi experienced driver. There are lots of them about from Senna to Petrov, but none have showed themselves so far to be anything other than average and none have shown skills at developing a car which is what Williams desperately need. It’s difficult to see that any of these could bring anything much to Williams other than money.

    Which leaves good experienced drivers of known quality, which is probably what Williams need. But there seems to be only 3 on the market at the moment. Sutil who has the pace seems the obvious choice, except that he is renowned as about the worst F1 driver for giving engineering feedback and Williams need all the feedback they can get. Heidfeld who hasn’t been much mentioned, but he didn’t impress at Renault in a similar role, although was probably better than he seemed. Or Barrichello, his motivation is not in question, he has all the experience, gives good feedback but Williams don’t really want him…. but he seems to be the only driver available capable of doing the role Williams desperately need. Will they swallow their pride and re hire him? I suspect so.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 3rd January 2012, 13:36

    Happy birthday @ajokay Have a good one!

    I get the impression that many associated with Formula 1 think that time stands still, particularly Paul di Resta on this occasion (and Raikkonen doubters, but that’s another issue).

    Clearly the drivers develop over time and it’s by no means a given that di Resta would give Vettel a run for his money in the same machinery. Of course, that’s not to say he couldn’t, but when he and his fans cling to that hope it just makes me cringe.

    Maybe I shouldn’t be so mean, I guess there’s nothing wrong with a bit of optimism but I hope he makes a name for himself, rather than just being the guy who should be able to beat Vettel.

    • I get the impression that many associated with Formula 1 think that time stands still, particularly Paul di Resta on this occasion (and Raikkonen doubters, but that’s another issue).

      Yes, I think that’s among the top five things that annoy me in F1 discussions. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

      Also, di Resta might want to think twice before bringing up F3 results at every opportunity, because it’s probably only a matter of time before someone asks, “So…what does that mean about Lucas di Grassi’s talent relative to yours?”

  9. moshbeard (@moshbeard) said on 3rd January 2012, 16:52

    I like Rubens, I just wish Williams could afford to ditch Maldonado so that someone like Sutil could have had the other seat.

  10. TheJudge (@thejudge) said on 3rd January 2012, 18:17

    Rubens,who is a great man and a tehnical guru,expierienced almoast like no one else,is now seeking desperetley for money,to stay? I mean that is just not right. If he would be needed,then numerous teams would have offered him a deal,but the sad reality is that no one want him,maybe for an advisor-yes,but not for a driver. As much as I wish him the seat,I’m guessing Senna or a other driver with backing to get the seat.
    This harsh reality of Formula 1 now is just not right. Knowing,that there are so much fast drivers who haven’t got a chance to get even in F3,because they haven’t got money.

  11. celeste (@celeste) said on 3rd January 2012, 19:12

    Senna has been nominated to Best Documentary category on the Producers Guild Awards:

    Best Documentary
    Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
    Bill Cunningham New York
    Project Nim
    The Union

  12. Both spins? Hardly. One cost him 7 points and the other dented his confidence

  13. Ok that’s weird, I can’t reply to my own comment…

  14. Paulo said on 4th January 2012, 2:19

    Rubens is the best option for the team, and with so many changes, he is the correct and technical decision to make.

    And no one in F1 is a better carrier planer than him, almost 20 years is something to respect.

  15. rpiian (@rpiian) said on 4th January 2012, 3:45



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