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Monday saw Rubens Barrichello take to the Sebring International Raceway for an IndyCar test with KV Racing. The Brazilian, who has been dropped by Williams in Formula 1, was joined in Florida by foster brother Tony Kanaan.
Barrichello, F1’s most experienced driver, was in action on Sebring’s short circuit from 9:45am. The car, powered by a 2.2-litre, dual turbocharged V6 engine was first driven by Kanaan before Barrichello stepped into the cockpit.
“I just hope I don't break anything for Jimmy (Vasser, team co-owner),” Barrichello joked. He went on to rack up almost six hours of track time and 94 laps (150 miles).
“I feel like a kid,” he said later. “I had a really good and productive day with all the setup options we tried. You could call me a rookie, even though I’ve been in the job for 33 years. In the morning I was getting used to the car and not doing anything silly, because obviously you don’t want to put it in the wall. It's a different machine from what I'm used to, but it had a good feeling.”
He went on to stress that he is not yet ready to hang up his helmet:
“If you go purely from joy, it wouldn't be a problem. I have still so much passion for speed, I'm quite young in my mind and I believe I'm getting better and better. Right now, I'm truly happy and I like what I saw. I've been a fan of the IndyCar Series for a long time. It's a great atmosphere and great racing. I just need to see what comes up. I need to talk to my family and I need to talk to Jimmy. I like it.”
Barrichello’s F1 debut was with Jordan in 1993. He scored a first career victory for Ferrari at the 2000 German Grand Prix and finished championship runner-up to Michael Schumacher in both 2002 and 2004.
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Barrichello tests IndyCar at Sebring
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