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Rubens Barrichello will announce his imminent career plans at the start of next month, GPUpdate.net can reveal. The Brazilian is on the verge of signing an IndyCar contract, having been left on the Formula 1 sidelines by Williams.
After being replaced at Williams by compatriot Bruno Senna, Barrichello tested a KV Racing IndyCar at Sebring alongside foster brother Tony Kanaan. The Paulista, who turns 40 in May, is now expected to confirm his future in the sport at the start of March.
“It would have to be at the beginning of March,” he told GPUpdate.net when asked at what stage an IndyCar race announcement should be expected.
“I went to the test with no expectations, really. I really wanted to test the car, have fun and give the team the best ideas for the future. We had a good thing going on and at the end of the test they asked me if I wanted to take part in the championship. I always enjoy being with my family but, honestly, I am eager to get back in a racing car; I like the team and they are on their way up.”
Admitting that not being at the opening F1 pre-season test in Jerez was ‘very strange’, Barrichello insists that there is no ill-feeling between himself and Senna.
“As I told Bruno, we were not fighting each other but fighting the team to give us the place,” he continued. “I talked to Bruno and I wish him all the best.”
Barrichello also praises his fans, notably those on Twitter where personal follower numbers are fast approaching one and a half million.
“I want to thank everyone for the support – I had so many messages and felt so happy,” he began to sum up. “Twitter has become like a big family to me.”
Having debuted in F1 with Jordan in 1993, Barrichello progressed via Stewart to Ferrari, where he won nine Grands Prix between 2000 and 2004. After a frustrating stint with Honda, two more victories came for Brawn at the 2009 European and Italian Grands Prix. The 2012 IndyCar campaign begins on the St. Petersburg road course on 25 March.
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