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Meet Williams Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello

Williams driver Rubens Barrichello
Barrichello finished 10th in 2010, a place behind old adversary Michael Schumacher

Rubens Barrichello 2010 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:32 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Bahrain GP 14 Mar 2010 11 10 1 1
Australian GP 28 Mar 2010 8 8 4 5
Malaysian GP 4 Apr 2010 7 12 0 5
Chinese GP 18 Apr 2010 11 12 0 5
Spanish GP 9 May 2010 17 9 2 7
Monaco GP 16 May 2010 9 18 0 7
Turkish GP 30 May 2010 15 14 0 7
Canadian Grand Prix 13 Jun 2010 11 14 0 7
European GP 27 Jun 2010 9 4 12 19
British GP 11 Jul 2010 8 5 10 29
German GP 25 Jul 2010 8 12 0 29
Hungarian GP 1 Aug 2010 12 10 1 30
Belgian GP 29 Aug 2010 7 24 0 30
Italian GP 12 Sep 2010 10 10 1 31
Singapore GP 26 Sep 2010 6 6 8 39
Japanese GP 10 Oct 2010 7 9 2 41
Korean Grand Prix 24 Oct 2010 10 7 6 47
Brazilian GP 7 Nov 2010 6 14 0 47
Abu Dhabi GP 14 Nov 2010 7 12 0 47

"Rubens Barrichello has had a great season and the Williams team, who are not easy to impress, are saying technically he is one of the best they have ever worked with.

"In the first half of the season his young team-mate Nico Hulkenberg couldn't get his head round how this 'mature' driver was outperforming him.

"Barrichello has had some run-ins with his old Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher this season. When Schumacher tried to shove him in the wall at 180 mph in Hungary, Barrichello didn't lift the throttle- and that is all you need to know about him.

"I don't think the Brazilian's reputation has ever been stronger than in these last two seasons."


What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
Exciting, determination and passion.

What is the biggest perk of the job?
Driving a Formula 1 car. Fast!

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
A persistent man who won in the end.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
When I was driving in Formula Three, my car had a front bar that could be changed.

I asked for it to be changed, did five laps and told the team the car was much better. They came on the radio and said the bar was actually disconnected. I was only 18 but very embarrassed.

Who is the worst dressed Formula 1 driver?
Michael Schumacher. Easily. Ha ha!

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost
Senna, because he had a tremendous passion for what he did and because he was a fellow countryman.

Spa or Monaco?
I like Spa better because it is a challenging track, not only on the physical side but also technically in terms of getting the set-up right.

Monaco is fun but only in qualifying. The race can be a little boring from a driver's point of view.

Previous teams: Jordan, Stewart, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn
Nationality: Brazilian
Born: 23/05/1972, Sao Paulo
Grand Prix debut: South Africa 1993

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

I have no idea. I have been doing this since I was six years old! What else is there?

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
I am a big fan of Senna. He brought a huge amount of fans to F1 but also better safety, unfortunately as a result of his death. Safety really improved after his accident.

What would be your perfect day off?
Being at home with my kids playing whatever they want to play. To be honest, I hate playing Power Rangers, but sometimes I do it.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Nowadays I really like taking the kids to the Disney parks because they have so much fun.

But if I don't have time then being at home in Sao Paulo is just as good as any holiday.

Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?
My plane - an Embraer Legacy. I have to travel a lot and it means I can get from race to test to event as quickly as possible and then get back to my family.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
A white T-shirt and jeans.

What is your favourite music to drive to?
Brazilian country music, like Victor and Leo.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
Barack Obama. He seems very down to earth and also a clever guy.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know
I am actually much more extrovert than I seem on TV. Plus, I can be very naughty!

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?
Paul Newman, because he was a great motor racing enthusiast.

Boxers or briefs?
Briefs. They keep everything together. When I'm racing? Nothing but my fireproof underwear.

Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?
Can I have Hilary Swank instead?

James Bond or Austin Powers?
James Bond. I love those movies.

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