The sole remaining seat in Formula One is said to be at HRT and some reports have Giedo van der Garde in line for the ride with a pocket overflowing with 6 million Euros.  Then there is the continued suggestion that while Jarno Trulli is adamant that he has a contract with Caterham for the 2012 season, some press reports/rumors have recently ousted Russian Vitaly Petrov in line for the ride. there is Adrian Sutil lumbering about still facing trial for an altercation in China last year and the veteran Rubens Barrichello licking his wounds for losing his ride at Williams.

This brings me to my point…Rubens didn’t lose his ride to Bruno Senna because Bruno has better pace, more consistency and all the other gibberish the Williams press and Senna’s management have said. He lost his ride to money. Pure and simple. Williams are in the downward spiral of losing big sponsor money then losing their ability to develop. This continues until the team has found itself battling the junior teams at the back of the grid. Rubens did an admirable job in the Brawn GP championship year and there is every reason for me to believe that he still has pace and consistency to match those on the grid.

Williams needed the money and that’s the short of it. I find the rest of the rhetoric about Senna being the better candidate during testing etc. Rubbish. I have always liked Rubens but I think you all know I’m not some water-carrying sycophant for the Brazilian.  This leads me to my question. If you were Williams F1 would you retain Rubens as a development driver in the third role? Do you think Rubens would take the position? Is there are role left for Rubens in F1? If so, what would it be?

I think Rubens is a terrific ambassador for the sport and I hate to see him leave without a proper farewell but perhaps he could still be effective at a smaller team as a development role driver such as Pedro de la Rosa? What do you think?

 

Formula One’s website had a very nice piece on Rubens.

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Adam Vella
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Adam Vella

Williams will always need the money “they are the call girl of F1” anyone could get a race seat if you paid them enough.. and with Rubens?? well not much he can go back under his rock and cry about all the things that Ferrari and Schumacher did to him and write another book called “if only I had a car that was fast enough”

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Jason Carter

It’s sad that Williams was so quiet on their lineup that Rubens never may get a proper F1 sendoff, but I think Rubens still can bring a lot of value to a team as a technical advisor, or driver couch. I also think he would be good in other forms of racing, like Grand Am here in the US!

dude
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dude

I prefer to see Rubens to leave F1 and look at other series like sportcars, but even Le Mans at the top level there no room especially Peugeot going away. Go to America and do Baja maybe. What ever he decides to do, its better to simply leave and not look back, its much less damaging to his records and image then to stay and be test driver or drive for a backend team. Plenty of drivers made this mistake in the past such as Jacques Villeneuve. I seriously can’t understand the reasoning of keeping Trulli, especially with all the… Read more »

Modoc
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Modoc

Rubens is a great racer, a great racer for HRT he is not.

Luigi
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Luigi

I think Rubens deserves a seat. Just look at his performance in Abu Dhabi last year… He’s very fast and has great race pace. Bruno was kicked by Lotus last year and Williams must be very desperate to pair him alongside Maldonado. They’ve dumped Rubens to get someone Lotus didn’t bother to hold on to alongside Maldonado whose butt Rubens has solidly kicked throughout last season. What can I say? I think he should go home. Rubens is far too good a driver to grab that HRT seat and I really doubt he’d be Williams’ or any other team third… Read more »

Spiccato
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Spiccato

He should raise his sons, take them fishing, be a dad. Maybe later team with Tony Kanaan for ALMS or IRL rides. Time to be home from the circus.

Tornado
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Tornado

Why does a driver’s age seem to be such a problem in F1? If they can maintain their speed and perform better than younger teammates why get rid of them? Rubens has seemed to compare well to his teammates over the last couple of seasons and I don’t think he has lost his edge just yet (I can’t say the same for Schumacher unfortunately). I know there are a very limited number of seats and a lot of drivers that might be the next champion if only given a chance, but so may new drivers don’t perform well so why… Read more »

Pandamasque
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Rubens is a great ambassador for F1 indeed, but it appears F1 doesn’t value its ambassadors. Settling for a seat in a small team like HRT or Caterham would be a waste of talent, not to mention the role of a 3rd driver (aka 3rd wheel!). Rubens should look for top race seats elsewhere: WEC, ELMS or Indycar should be the way to go.

Rob
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Rob

I hope not… It’s sad to see older drivers kicking around the back of the grid in hopeless cars just because they can get a seat (it’s a well worn path in the past and maybe present if your a former German WC :-) )….. I really wish he could have admitted to what has been pretty obvious by mid season and had a bit of a farewell run towards the end of the year.

buddy
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buddy

He should go to IndyCar. Fun to live in Miami. Race with friends. He could also be a “ringer” at Nascar road courses.

robfiction
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robfiction

Rubens, 2012’s answer to Nick Heidfeld.
Theres always time for Kimi to crash a snowmobile!

bigtheo
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bigtheo

Rubens is the Williams of drivers, although he wasn’t ever too great as Williams was. He’s stuck around F1 too long and is now incredibly irrelevant and instead of doing something to change it he yells at everyone about why he’s still relevant which just makes him look like a bitter old man. The big difference is that the team doesn’t have the excuse about being too old to be still around.

and yes, Schumacher who is older is doing the same thing, albeit to a far lesser extent.

meine
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meine

So long and thanks for all the fish.

Tony
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Tony

he could polish schumi’s helmet like he did in the old days….

gsprings
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gsprings

at this point,can’t say i would miss the guy

MIE
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I believe Barrichello has a lot to offer in terms of car development. Whether he would be able to do that without driving the car I don’t know, but if I were at Williams I would be keen to try and retain him. That way if either of the pay drivers don’t perform, he can step in.

Otherwise there may be an opportunity at Caterham (if Trulli gets pushed out). I don’t think HRT have the funding to be able to develop the car (that is if they even have a 2012 car).

GreenHornet
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GreenHornet

Rubens is a great guy and I sure understand why he would want to remain in the cockpit but his time has passed.

It’s time to move on as others here have suggested.

Besides – Williams doesn’t deserve him.

If everyone on this board would chip in about $50,000 I could be driving a Williams in 2012 – hmmmm What do you say guys?

BillFenner1967
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BillFenner1967

Don’t have $50K, but I can safely pledge $5 towards your Williams drive, mate. Do you accept PayPal?

dude
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dude

We will support you, however, first you must let us know why you would make a great asset and driver to our team compared to Bruno or Maldonado.

Also, we must first inform you that we do not care for broke drivers who can only manage pole positions. However, if you happen to own large oil wells somewhere in the southwest hemisphere, it will help us greatly. We reserved the right to terminate your contract if you do not meet our conditions and we made this very clear, just you ask Hill, Villeneuve or Hulkenberg.

Nelson DBr
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Nelson DBr

Rubens career was finished in 2007, then the Brawn miracle happened, and Brawn preferred having him instead of Bruno on the Brawn GP. Now it seems it’s time to retire. HRT is a nonsense, absolutely, and they need a paying driver too. If the fire is still burning, indycar could be an option, as Fittipaldi did succesfully some years ago. For a brazilian is the natural choice.. It’s more dangerous than F1, but the new Dallara,and the recent tragedy could improve safety there. If he stops now,he will be remembered as one of the best second driver, and for his… Read more »

Rich
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Rich

Wow, I bet Brawn were glad they signed Rubens instead of Bruno in 2008 for the 2009 season. In 2011 Bruno was statistically the poorest performing driver on the F1 grid (of those that drove several races). During 2010 on Sundays even Karun outraced him – he is on the grid because of the name Senna and lots of funding. Pastor was the second statistically most under-performing driver so Williams are rather desperate to employ the two poorest drivers of 2011.

UAN
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UAN

that’s a fascinating assertion “Bruno was statistically the poorest driver on the F1 grid”. Could you expand on that (it may be true, I don’t know, but I’m not sure what stats you’re using to make that claim.)

In fairness to Bruno, he did score a point and had some decent qualifying efforts, all in car that saw it’s best days in the first 2 races of the year and started going straight downhill after that.

Topspeed
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Topspeed

F1 is another business than it used to be nowadays. We do not really know the reasons why Williams dumped Barrichelo and picked Bruno. There are quite a few average drivers with as much money as Bruno…..Petrov, Gido, Sutil and certainly some more GP2 stars