Sauber confirms Barrichello interest
3 October 2013 – Sauber has confirmed that Formula 1 veteran Rubens Barrichello is a candidate for a seat at the team next year, with the Brazilian expressing a desire to return to the sport.
Barrichello, 41, departed the top echelon at the end of 2011, when Williams opted to promote reserve driver Valtteri Bottas. Since then the 11-time Grand Prix winner has contested IndyCar and the Stock Car Brasil championship with limited success.
When asked about Barrichello's chances of securing a drive with Sauber in 2014, team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: "I always have to give you the same answer on that, we will announce in due course. There are a couple of options. We know what he has with his experience and we know that he'd like to come back, so let's see."
However, Kaltenborn was quick to rule out the possibility of Barrichello returning to the grid for this year's Brazilian Grand Prix, as has been suggested in national media.
"I don't see any possibility there," Kaltenborn went on to explain. "We have no reason to change our two drivers [Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez] for that race."
Barrichello is the most experienced F1 driver in history, having notched up 322 starts.