Australian Formula 1 speedy Mark Webber says that F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello deserves a “great send-off, if it is his final F1 race at the Brazilian GP this weekend.
“One of the great heroes of Brazilian motorsport is Rubens Barrichello,” Webber wrote in his BBC column. “He holds the record for competing in more grand prix than any driver in history, and he has done so much for our sport on and off the track. Rubens is always willing to stop and give a signature or a photo to fans. He has that family feeling about him, although he still has plenty of mongrel in him in the car. He has had an amazing career.”
“Rubens went through a lot at Ferrari as Michael Schumacher’s team-mate for six years and has seen so many rule changes, while amassing a wealth of experience. It takes a special guy to be able to compete at that level for that length of time. To have a career of that duration is impressive in anyone’s book. He’s nearly always got a smile on his face, too, which is great.
“Unfortunately, he is in a bit of a bizarre situation heading into this weekend, in that it could be his last race in F1 but no-one actually knows whether it will be. He says he’s not treating it as a farewell. I’m hoping he’s right because he’s so well-liked that, if it is going to be his swansong, the fans – as well as all his competitors and friends – will want to be able to give him the great send-off he deserves.”
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