Barrichello emerges as candidate for 2014 Sauber seat 27 September, 2013 Rubens Barrichello with Felipe Massa in 2011 The silly season lingers on with the latest report that Formula 1 veteran Rubens Barrichello has emerged as a shock contender to drive for Sauber in 2014. With Nico Hulkenberg expected to move either to Lotus or McLaren next year, Hinwil based Sauber has already said that Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin is set to make his debut in 2014. But Sirotkin alongside team incumbent Esteban Gutierrez, 22, would constitute a very young and inexperienced lineup. Barrichello, the 41-year-old Brazilian who lost his Williams seat at the end of 2011, would more than solve those problems. His return to Formula 1 would also be welcomed by Bernie Ecclestone, who has been working to help Felipe Massa find sponsors so that the grid is not without a Brazilian driver, which would be for the first time since 1970. Former Ferrari and Honda driver Barrichello is also a winner of 11 grands prix, and according to Auto Motor und Sport he has burst back into contention for a 2014 seat with a reported ‘two-digit million sum’ in personal sponsorship. Barrichello, who has been travelling to races this year as a pundit for Brazilian television Globo, is quoted as saying: “I would only have to train my neck. “Then I could race tomorrow,” the Paulista, who holds the record for the most grands prix ever contested by a driver, added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsGutierrez and Sainz feature in silly season latestSutil confirmed by Sauber as one of their drivers for 2014 seasonGutierrez says his priority is to stay with Sauber in 2014Silly Season Latest: Hulkenberg and Perez to Force India and Sutil to SauberHulkenberg in frame for 2014 race seat at Lotus, Force India or SauberSauber return in 2014 not guaranteed for PerezMaldonado visits Sauber for talks regarding 2014Raikkonen to Sauber and Hulkenberg to Lotus for Austin?Hulkenberg not paid at all this year by Sauber but may stay with them for 2014Increasingly Hulkenberg’s only option for 2014 is to remain with Sauber Tamburello_1994 I Googled the term “Bottom of the barrel” and up came a picture of Barrichello. MightyK Well, if Sauber needs someone to be whining about their car and most everything else, then Rubens is definitely their man. azwris In the end the so called Rubens-haters are the very moaners of this planet! Go Rubens, great news indeed! Rick Funny that, people whining about someone who whines lol. Rubens would be great to see racing again. Tom Riddle It would be great to see Rubens back in an F1 seat. Sauber could do far worse. He has more experience than any other driver on the grid now and could be the motivation the Sauber team need for next year. Ety Barichello probably has more experience than the whole grid combined. tod Would be good to see someone with so much experience come back to F1! Can only be a good thing so Rubens haters please leave this site your own whingeing about Rubens is neither wanted or needed! the fan would love to see the “uncrowned champion” back in F1.