Barrichello: There is still a way back to F1
15 August 2012 – Rubens Barrichello has refused to rule out a return to Formula 1 in the future, explaining that 'there is still a way back' in coming seasons. The Brazilian, who claimed the honour of championship runner-up in 2002 and 2004, was dropped by Williams at the end of last year and is currently competing in IndyCar.
"I think there is still a way back, I'm not using IndyCar as a last resort," Barrichello told Auto Motor und Sport. "I drive because I love racing. My heart bleeds that I cannot be there. I am happy that I can drive here, I do not see myself as a victim. I think it's just a shame for Williams, it would have been a big year. Not just for me, but also for them.
Barrichello says his former employers would have greatly benefited from his services in 2012, with the Brazilian confident that he could have tamed Pastor Maldonado's controversial on-track personality.
"Williams would benefit from me," he added. "I would have been a good team-mate for (Bruno) Senna, (Valtteri) Bottas and Maldonado. Next to me, they would go much better than they do now. Look at Maldonado. He had fewer accidents last year than this season. Pastor is super fast, but he is a lot more controlled with me."
When asked to describe the squad's relative success so far this season, Barrichello stated that the FW34 was always going to be a substantial step up from 2011.
"We already recognised the problems last year," Barrichello, who scored just four points last season, began to sum up. "The move to Renault (engines) has been making a big difference. The big plus of this engine is its excellent driveability."
Nine races into his IndyCar switch with KV Racing, Barrichello sits 15th in the standings with a personal best finish of seventh place and 164 points to his name.