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Barrichello opens Williams talks

Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello
Barrichello is in his 17th season in Formula 1

Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello says he has opened negotiations with Williams as he seeks to secure a Formula 1 drive for next season.

The Brazilian said Williams are among a number of options available to him.

"I haven't signed with anybody yet, but it's true that I'm talking with Williams and Brawn," he said.

Williams' director of engineering, Patrick Head, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We are not making any statements until after this season."

Barrichello, 37, is 14 points behind Brawn team-mate Jenson Button in the drivers' world championship with two races remaining in the 2009 season.

Barrichello is preparing for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, his home circuit where he is yet to win a race, on 18 October.


Following a six-year spell at Ferrari, Barrichello joined Honda in 2005 and was retained by new team Brawn GP when the Japanese team withdrew from Formula 1 in December 2008.

He remains the most experienced F1 driver with 286 races in 17 seasons but has yet to win the world championship.

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