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.