Barrichello left Ferrari at the end of 2005

Barrichello open to Ferrari return

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Barrichello left Ferrari at the end of 2005In the round-up: Rubens Barrichello says he would be happy to return to Ferrari if he was asked, despite some “spicy episodes” in the past.


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73 comments on “Barrichello open to Ferrari return”

  1. I don’t think there’s much need to make it apparent that Rubens won’t be driving for Ferrari. Just enjoy his comment for what it is. He clearly has a lot of respect for the team and even after playing second fiddle to Schumacher.

  2. I’m a big fan of Rubens, but these kind of comments by him really annoy me, I just wish he would accept the fact that his F1 career is now over, not how, he or anyone else had wanted it, but he spent 19 seasons in F1 which already says a lot, so he has nothing to prove at the end of the day. Now I just wish that he would focus on getting some success in Indycar’s, a series which I am sure has gone up in many people’s estimations, its a new chapter in his racing career and I think he should focus on completing it, embrace his destiny.

  3. I don’t know if Rubens is being serious here or just taking the michael! If he really thinks he stands a chance then fine, but what about the people in Indycar who have taken him on and the sponsors? He’s the oldest driver on the Indycar grid, and hasn’t exactly challenged for wins in the two races he has completed.
    For those who have brought up Barrichello’s criticisms’ of Ferrari in the seven years since he raced for them they bring up a valuable point! We all know that Schumacher got the goldmine and Rubens the shaft at Ferrari, but I seriously doubt that Ferrari enjoy having that subject discussed in public. If they were to take on Rubens, one could safely assume that it would only be until the end of the season. By that I am openly suggesting that Sergio Perez would be the man Ferrari would want in 2013, and that possibly a deal has already been done with Sauber.
    If I were them, I would keep Felipe Massa on until the end of the season and then drop him if his poor form continues. Who knows, maybe Peter Sauber would take Massa back next year but then again he may not want him. If Massa keeps driving like he is few would want him, especially when the trade off is Sergio Perez. Barrichello to Ferrari, it all seems a little pie in the sky to me!

    1. Lol…”taking the michael.”

      Just to reiterate…RB didn’t bring this up…he was commenting when it was pointed out to him that an Italian magazine did a poll as to who should replace FM at Ferrari, and he beat out Trulli and Perez in the poll. There is absolutely nothing to this.

      I think his hypocritical remarks about Ferrari that fly in the face of the majority of his remarks and sentiments about the team just show to me that he really really didn’t want to leave F1 yet, and at a minimum didn’t get to have a ‘send-off’ year of ‘this is Reuben’s last Brazillian GP etc etc.’ He just suddenly disappeared off the face of the F1 world. And I too took note of his surprisingly sounding like he would leave Indycar at the drop of a hat if he were offered an F1 seat. And I think that if by some huge miracle he found himself back at Ferrari, he would only find himself in the same boat with FA as his teammate.

  4. if Ferrari would really looking for another driver to replace Felipe Massa in the middle (or more like at the very beginning) of the season, there would be plenty of options. (However, I don’t think they would replace someone that serves the team for like 10 years, including his loan to Sauber…)
    – Sergio Perez will definetley be a Ferrari driver one day. Maybe not this year, maybe not next year, but time will come.
    – Jules Bianchi wasn’t sent to Force India for nothing, gaining some experience on a couple of fridays would be enough for a driver seat somewhere next year, and in a few years time at Ferrari maybe.
    (- Robert Kubica unfortunately is not on the list of any F1 teams anymore I’m afraid, although he was tipped to team up with Fernando Alonso at Ferrari one day.)
    – Why would you let Mika Salo test your car, if you have Giancarlo Fisichella at your disposal? However, his return is unlikely, despite he and Alonso got on quite well.
    – and finally here we have the experienced, but currently unemployed ex-F1 drivers, like Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld, Rubens Barrichello and Adrian Sutil, or (the less experienced) Jaime Alguersuari that, as in Rubens’ case, would jump onto this possibility.

    The other interesting question, that what would Massa do after losing his seat, as he was never contracted to another team as Ferrari, currently noone would sign him, and if they would, would they tolerate if Felipe wouldn’t match his teammates pace?

  5. Rubens ‘The-Older-I-Get-The-Better-I-Was’ Barrichello has shown his true colors once again. First, he openly supports Massa saying that Felipe hasn’t lost his speed, he just needs to get the joy of driving back. Then, asked if he’d raplace Massa, he says he most definitely would (not that Ferrari were considering him, of course). Great backstabbing from Rubinho, as always. RB didn’t even realize (until recently, apparently) how good he had it at Ferrari. He was openly badmouthing Michael and the team, going against the team spirit, and still got the drive for many years (and a very lucrative fee at that), while 3-times WDC Alain Prost got fired for lesser sins.

    Sorry Rubens, you’ve got a lot more than you deserved based on your limited talent. Now you’ve found the place you belong – a second-tier open wheeler series.

    1. I think RB always knew what his role would be at Ferrari…I think he went into his contracts with them eyes wide open…the good news RB is that you are going to drive for Ferrari, something you haven’t really earned…the bad news…you’ll not be winning the WDC…perhaps the odd win when MS can’t be helped, but otherwise…

      And I think the problem for RB became that they never really spelled out to him, until it was obvious to the world, just how subservient he would have to be. So ya, he went against the ‘team spirit’ because he found out there really was no ‘team’ at all, in the traditional sense, and that it was really far and away about one driver, from race one of every season. No inter-team racing allowed.

      So it’s really always been a double-edged sword for RB/Ferrari…I think that is why at times when it suits him in an interview he sounds honoured to have driven for Ferrari no matter how it played out for him and will even try to sound like he was allowed to compete (ie. I’m no stooge), and at other times he is saying he is going to write a tell-all book and confirm that we don’t know the half of what went on at MS/Ferrari, as shown by Austria 02 (where he was an obvious stooge).

      1. There is certainly much truth in that. But it is also true that Rubens on his best day was only just better than Michael on his worst day. And as the years go by, Rubens is getting more and more vocal how he was almost equal to Michael. His latest estimate, I believe, is that he was less than 0.1s slower. He’s accumulated a lot of sympathy for various reasons (mostly having nothing to do with his racecraft), so people are happy to let it slide. But to me his attitude stinks.
        At least Eddie Irvine, a playboy that he was, has once been in the position (and under tremendous pressure) to challenge for a WDC. And yet, he openly said that MS was where he was because he was faster and could drive around the cars’ problems like noone else, plain and simple. In contrast, RB was always blaming something else, preferrably the team. That was the case with Ferrari, and then with Brawn, when his whining became particularly apparent because it was not against MS, who some people simply love to hate, but rather against JB, who is considered a great sportsman all over the isles.

  6. whats with all the Rubens slating even from his ” so called” Fans? stop saying hes past it, when hes not? Michael and Pedro are still going strong and they are older and again given the right car they are capable of running at the front as Michael is proving! so no reason Rubens cant! youre all probably Jealous because he has been able to fulfil his dreams for a long time and can still continue! ill be laughing so much when he comes back to F1 and then when he retires from F1 should be up to him!! so Rubens for Ferrari in 2012 or 2013 at another team!

    1. Just keep in mind…nobody in F1, and not even RB, brought this up…it was a poll done by an Italian magazine and it’s readers voted RB over Trulli and Perez, but that has nothing to do with any reality in terms of an actual opportunity for RB to return to F1.

      Perhaps they should have asked RB if he was actively pursuing a ride in F1 while he does Indycar…then maybe we’d know if there is any reality to his comment that he doesn’t think he is done in F1, which I think speaks more to his unceremonious leaving from F1 feeling like unfinished business to him. He might not think he is done in F1, but I think the F1 world is done with him.

  7. Well, Despite some contrasting views on race performance with Ferrari in the past, i’ll not hold it against them while i’m without a drive.

    So, if they ring me up, i’ll take the seat if they want…..

    Might as well throw my name into the none-existent hat of no hope as well.

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