Sauber rules out Barrichello for race seat 5 October, 2013 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Rubens Barrichello has no chance of making a Formula 1 comeback with Sauber, team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said on Saturday. The 41-year-old former Ferrari driver, who has started more races than anyone in F1 history and won 11 of them, reluctantly left the sport in 2011 when he was dropped by Williams. Talk of a possible comeback was fueled on Thursday when Kaltenborn appeared to leave the door open to him in comments to reporters at the Korean Grand Prix, but on Saturday she closed it firmly. “I am ruling out that he would drive for us. Maybe it is better if one is that clear about it,” she told reporters after both her current drivers qualified in the top 10 for Sunday’s race. Kaltenborn explained that Barrichello had never been in consideration and that she had tempered her earlier comments out of respect for him and courtesy. “I have a lot of respect for Rubens, and I don’t think it is right that I just so abruptly say ‘No, we are not going to talk’,” she said. “I fully understand that he wants to drive, and that he is trying his best. “I talk a lot to him when he’s here, we discuss young drivers and so on, but we have never discussed a seat. That’s just reality,” she added. “It’s a bit unfair also towards him because it doesn’t look good for him, so just to be very clear on it, We have not discussed a seat for next year, and also no drive in Brazil (this season’s final race, as well as Barichello’s home event).” Barrichello has raced in IndyCar and Brazilian stock cars since he left F1 and has also attended some races as a television pundit. On Saturday he told his more than two million followers on Twitter that he wanted to return if an opening emerged. “Lots of things have being said this week about a possible F1 return. The truth is: “if there is an opportunity, I’m in,” said the Brazilian. (Reuters) Subbed by AJN. Tweet 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 MightyK Excellent decision ! spornbot Great, all we need is the tortoise driving a leafblower in ’14 for that exciting 6 cyl turbo snorefest known as Formula YAWN.