Barrichello emerges as candidate for 2014 Sauber seat

Rubens Barrichello with Felipe Massa in 2011

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)

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  • 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.