Sauber rules out signing Barrichello
6 October 2013 – Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn has ruled out signing Rubens Barrichello for the 2014 Formula 1 season, shortly after naming the Brazilian driver as a candidate.
Barrichello, the most experienced driver in the sport's history with 322 starts to his name, had been linked to the Hinwil-based squad at this weekend's Korean Grand Prix, before taking to Twitter and making clear that, "if there is an opportunity, I'm in."
But although Kaltenborn appeared open to the possibility earlier in the week, she acted to clarify her position while speaking to reporters after qualifying on Saturday.
"I am ruling out that he would drive for us. Maybe it is better if one is clear about it," Kaltenborn is quoted as saying by Reuters. "I have a lot of respect for Rubens, and I didn't think it was right that I just so abruptly said 'No, we are not going to talk.'"
Sauber's 2014 line-up is an area of hot debate, with 18-year-old Sergey Sirotkin set to fill one of the seats after the team signed a tripartite deal with Russian investors.