Barrichello weighing up options for next season
13 August 2012 – A number of IndyCar teams are interested in the services of Rubens Barrichello ahead of the 2013 season. The Brazilian, who was dropped by Williams in Formula 1 at the end of last year, has already expressed his desire to keep racing in America. Although KV Racing is keen to retain his services, Barrichello is yet to express his own desires.
The 40-year-old recently admitted that he believes his season would have been better had he used the previous KV car, as the team has struggled in some areas of development with its 2012 chassis. Co-owner Jimmy Vasser is now pushing for Barrichello’s 2013 feelings.
“We’ve got an investment in Rubens, we want to keep him and we’ve got people in Brazil right now trying to sell sponsorships,” he is quoted as saying on the IndyCar website. “He’s free to do what he wants but I’d like to get some clarity because I keep hearing all these stories about where he might be going.”
With some reports linking the Paulista to Sam Schmidt’s operation as well as Target Chip Ganassi which runs Champion Dario Franchitti, Bobby Rahal has openly expressed an interest in the man who is F1’s most experienced driver.
“Is Rubens a guy that we’d look at? Absolutely,” he says. “He’s a good driver, I like his personality and he could be a leader in the team. You’ve got to put him on your radar screen. For us, finding the funding for a second car is our emphasis right now but we certainly hope to be a two-car team next year.”
Barrichello sits 17th in the standings with three races to go.