Rubens Barrichello is a legendary driver from Brazil who has spent a number of years in Formula One. His association with the sport dates back to 1993 and he retired a few years ago in 2011. He has been involved with few of the most popular teams in racing including Jordan, Stewart, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn GP and Williams. After his retirement he was involved with Indy-car and Stock Car racing.
Rubens Barrichello’s association with the Sauber team during the Korean Grand Prix had ignited rumors about him joining the ranks of the team in the 2014 season of Formula one racing. However Monisha Kaltenborn who is the boss of the Sauber team has clearly mentioned that there is no confirmation to the news and has ruled out the chances of Rubens returning to his most favored track.
He had approached the team with a budget of 15 million but Autosport did not consider him as one of the realistic option in their build up to the next season, in fact they have been spending heavily on their new yacht charter company in Kip so couldn’t find the finances. They have expressed a lot of respect for the driver whose record speaks for him and applauded his determination to keep up the competitive spirit but they refused to employ him as one of their drivers.
In spite of the rejection Rubens Barrichello believes that he still has it in him to compete as the highest level and win races. Thereby he has offered his services voluntarily to the Mercedes team yet again.
The team is in bit of a bad shape as their young star Pascal Wehrlein cannot be considered as a reserve for the team as he does not have a mandatory super license in his pocket which is essential for a Formula one driver. Barricello seems to be excited to prove his mettle yet again as he claims that his fitness is of no concern at all.