After over a decade in Formula One Rubens Barrichello, like any other driver, still dreams of being the champion and he believes he can achieve that with BAR. It was announced this week that Barrichello will join BAR next season after six years of...
After over a decade in Formula One Rubens Barrichello, like any other driver, still dreams of being the champion and he believes he can achieve that with BAR. It was announced this week that Barrichello will join BAR next season after six years of being in the shadow of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, but the Brazilian has no regrets over his time with the Scuderia.
"I had a great time, I am having a great time," Barrichello said in regard to the Maranello squad. "If it wasn't for Ferrari I wouldn't be where I am right now at 33, trying to get Honda to the very top. I still dream of being world champion, that is why I am here, that is why I feel competitive every day I wake up and that is the reason I take the challenge."
After six years with the same team, Barrichello is ready for some new motivation and he has faith in BAR and Honda. "Every change brings a new motivation, that is a fact, but it is the resources, the people, everything," he explained of his reasons for moving to BAR.
"(The plan) of Honda and BAR for next year is quite good, there is a good motivation for the team to have someone who is still young and motivated to win and to transform everything in a good way. I am not going there to actually say 'change this, change that' I am going there to learn how the team works and I am bringing the 13 years of experience to make that a winning team."
As for his partnership with Schumacher, Barrichello said he always knew it would be a hard task to win the title against his teammate. Certainly Rubens has faced some awkward moments in his time at Ferrari and he believes at BAR he will have a better chance to prove his worth.
"I saw it was going to be very difficult for me to actually try to win the championship (with Ferrari), because you're there, they have two competitive drivers, Michael has been there for longer and I saw my chances much higher with a team that has not yet won a race but has all the desire and the good ingredients to do it."
With six races still to go this season, Barrichello hopes he can leave Ferrari on a high by aiding the team to its sixth consecutive constructors' title. "If we can still fight for the constructors' championship I would leave Ferrari with six rather than five and that would be much better for myself and the achievement would be great."
Felipe Massa will take over Barrichello's race seat at Ferrari next year so does Rubens have any words of advice for his younger compatriot? "He is going to have a tough time, absolutely, but if I was in his position, younger, eager to win, I probably would have done the same," Barrichello said.
"I'm proud to say now that the team is different to the one when I came to Ferrari in 2000. It is much broader in its thoughts, and thinking much more of both drivers so I think Felipe will have an advantage compared to myself if you look back to 2000. But the rest is up to him to show his speed. Speed is much better than words."