Former Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello has expressed his dismay at the closure of junior single-seater squad International Draco Racing.
The Draco squad formally confirmed its demise on Sunday, bowing out of motorsport after 27 years in racing.
The team was founded in 1989 by Adriano and Nadia Morini and competed in Formula Opel Lotus, Formula 3000 and Formula Renault 3.5, earning accolades in all three categories.
Barrichello raced with the team in Formula Opel Lotus in 1990, taking the Euroseries title with six wins from 11 races as he saw off the likes of Gil de Ferran and David Coulthard.
"It is with great sadness that I see the exit of Draco from the tracks because it was my first family outside Sao Paulo," Barrichello told Motorsport.com.
"At the time, Nadia worked together with Adriano Morini, who was my first great engineer, who taught me many things and gave me my first title outside of Brazil.
"I really liked the team, I learned to speak Italian with them, which then was useful for me at Ferrari, so their end is sad."