Barrichello begins IndyCar test at Sebring

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Rubens Barrichello, IndyCar, Sebring, 2012

Rubens Barrichello, IndyCar, Sebring, 2012

In the round-up: Rubens Barrichello tests for IndyCar team KV Racing at Sebring.

Barrichello joined friend and fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan at the two-day test.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Barrichello and his first lap! (YouTube)

Barrichello has no plans beyond 2-day IndyCar test (Associated Press)

“I have been a racer for too long to just give it all away right now. I have a lot of speed in myself. I know that and I want to continue to race.”

KV Racing via Twitter

“Tony Kanaan leaves pits for the first time and stalls, Rubens Barrichello says ‘last time I get advice on car from TK’.”

McLaren dismisses PURE rumours (Autosport)

“McLaren has had absolutely no contact with PURE for many months. Moreover, the contact we did have with PURE, many months ago, was of an entirely informal nature, and was merely a courtesy gesture.”

Sutil apologises in court for Lux attack (Reuters)

“‘I did everything to try to settle this row,’ Sutil told the court, adding he had even offered to support a Lux charity project in Africa.”

Bahrain has failed to grasp reform ?ǣ so why is the grand prix going ahead? (The Guardian)

“Reporters Without Borders has just named Bahrain one of the world’s top 10 most repressive regimes, while Freedom House downgraded Bahrain from ‘partly free’ to ‘not free’.”

Interesting to note Reporters Without Borders ranks China, which of course is another F1 host nation, below Bahrain.

Nico Hulkenberg's helmet

Nico Hulkenberg's helmet

Nico Hulkenberg via Twitter

Hulkenberg’s 2012 helmet design.

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Comment of the day

Beneboy was not moved by my optimistic view on the season ahead:

I?m finding it increasingly difficult to get even a little bit excited about the start of the season.

Ugly cars, stupid rules, artificial overtaking, boring circuits and a complete denial of reality from FIA/FOM/Teams that the main problem with F1 is that the cars have become so dependent on aerodynamics that the driver is almost an irrelevance and that the racing has become close to non-existent without the use of artificial devices such as DRS and silly tyre rules.

I?m in the process of moving home at the moment and I?m struggling to decide if I want to get Sky or not, I do like other sports that they show but the only reason it?d be worth paying for is to get Sky F1 HD but I?m struggling to justify spending hundreds of pounds to watch a sport that has become one big corporate middle finger aimed directly at the fans.

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On this day in F1

We were treated to a trio of launches on this day last year: Renault, Sauber and Lotus unveiled their new cars on the same day:

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148 comments on Barrichello begins IndyCar test at Sebring

  1. The Limit said on 31st January 2012, 19:09

    I had to laugh at the comment of the day. Alot there was true, especially the Sky Tv segment. Which gave me pause for thought! If 2012 is a bad, boring, give Vettel the trophy at the Monaco Grands Prix type of season, could we see people on mass telling Sky where to shove their expensive HD F1 package? Its abit like football. People will fill a stadium if the team is playing good football, but when they play a load of junk, the stadium soon becomes empty. F1 has alot of diehards like the good people on this site, but it also has alot of casual fans aswell, just like football. Those who jump on the bandwagon when something appears cool and fashionable.
    I.E Watching the Valencia Gp on free to air BBC tv, even though is was boring and like watching paint dry, is fine aslong as its apart of your license fee. Would it be fine though when it has cost you hundreds of pounds though? Me think’s not

  2. racerdude7730 (@racerdude7730) said on 31st January 2012, 21:18

    hey guys if you are interested here is a great on board cam shot of Rubens lapping the new indycar in testing. Very good quality video

    • Patrickl said on 1st February 2012, 16:32

      Nice clip.

      Odd how the low revs make it sound like he’s driving slow. When compared to the high pitched whine of F1 cars anyway.

    • TheMaximus said on 1st February 2012, 22:44

      I love the on board sound, it’s reminiscent of the 80’s turbo F1 days

  3. Patrickl said on 1st February 2012, 16:35

    Is Willi Weber Schumacher’s manager again? Didn’t he take management into his own hand with help from Sabine *something*?

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