Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced Formula 1 driver in history, embarked on a new career direction yesterday with the opening day of a two day Indy Car test session.
Prior to the test the Brazilian commented that he was only using it as an evaluation of the series and that he still had hopes of an F1 seat for the coming season.
However after his opening day of running at Sebring inFloridait was clear that Barrichello enjoyed the experience immensely.
“If you go purely from joy, it wouldn’t be a problem,” said the 39-year-old Brazilian. “I have still so much passion for the speed and I’m quite young in my mind and I believe I’m getting better.”
After 94 laps it was clear that this opening foray in stateside racing could become a legitimate career move in the coming weeks with Rubens now looking to speak with the KV Racing squad about the possibility of more time in the Dallara DW12:
“Right now, I’m truly happy and I like what I saw. I just need to see what comes up. I need to talk to my family; I need to talk to Jimmy [Vasser, KV Racing team boss].”
On his opening day in the car Barrichello was immediately on the pace with former champion Tony Kanaan commenting that it took his compatriot just “20 laps to run the same time as me!”
In 2009 Barrichello showed that he still had the speed to win races in Formula 1 and even after two disappointing seasons with the Williams squad it is clear that his desire to race and win has not been diluted.