Barrichello refuses to rule out F1 return
30 October 2012 – Rubens Barrichello says he 'can never say never' on the subject of a Formula 1 return, with the Brazilian claiming that he is still physically and mentally capable of competing in the sport. The 40-year-old was ousted from Williams at the end of 2011 and has since been competing in the IndyCar series, but admits that F1 is still of interest.
"We can never say never, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Räikkönen returned," Barrichello told Brazil's Globo when pushed on the subject. "In life, I think we have to have the dream of wanting to improve every day. When the door is there, I can not say no."
Barrichello went on to talk specifically about the comebacks made by Schumacher and Räikkönen, explaining that preparation is key to success.
"We have the example of Schumacher who returned and did not come prepared," he added. "I thought Räikkönen would have the same difficulty, but he had a sensational year. He is third in the championship, not directly fighting for wins but has scored six podiums.
"I say that because I have not stopped, I went into another category. I'm more active. In physical and mental conditions, I would be prepared."
During his 19-year spell in Formula 1, Barrichello scored 658 points, picked up 11 victories, stood on the podium a further 57 times and claimed 14 pole positions.