Rubens Barrichello

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Rubens Barrichello
Barrichello 2002.jpg
Barrichello at the 2002 United States Grand Prix
Nationality Flag of Brazil Brazilian
Formula One World Championship career
2008 teamHonda
2008 car #17
2009 teamTBA
Races271 (267 starts)
Championships0
Wins9
Podiums62
Career points530
Pole positions13
Fastest laps15
First race1993 South African Grand Prix
First win2000 German Grand Prix
Last win2004 Chinese Grand Prix
Last race2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
2008 position14th (11 pts)

Rubens Gonçalves Barrichello (born May 23, 1972 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver. He drove for Honda in the 2008 season, but Honda have now quit Formula One, and the only chance that Barrichello will continue to drive for the same team (under a different name) is that Honda can find a buyer for the team.

As a young, aspiring driver, Barrichello looked up to the late Ayrton Senna, and when he joined Formula One, Senna in return considered him his protégé. As of the 2008 Formula One season Barrichello is the only driver left competing in Formula One to have raced against the likes of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost making Barrichello the last remaining link in F1 to that era. Barrichello has scored the seventh highest points total in Formula One history. Barrichello drove for Ferrari from 2000 to 2005, as Michael Schumacher's teammate, enjoying considerable success. Schumacher's retirement at the end of 2006 made Barrichello the most experienced driver on the grid, and at the 2008 Turkish Grand Prix he became the most experienced driver in F1 history.

Early life

Both his father and paternal grandfather are also named Rubens,[1] and Barrichello shares his father's birthday: May 23.[2] Therefore, Rubens Barrichello was known as Rubinho (Portuguese for "little Rubens"), which has become his nickname.

Barrichello won five karting titles in Brazil before going to Europe to race in the Formula Vauxhall Lotus series in 1990. In his first year, he won the championship, a feat he replicated the following year in the British Formula 3 Championship, beating David Coulthard. He very nearly joined Formula One, the highest category of single seater racing, at just 19 years of age. Instead he competed in Formula 3000 in 1992. He finished third in the championship, and joined the Jordan Formula One team for the 1993 Formula One season. During this time, and also early in his Formula 1 career, Rubens lived in Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK.

Formula One career

1993-1996: Jordan

Barrichello had an effective rookie year. In his third race, the European Grand Prix, he started from 12th place in very wet conditions but was fourth by the end of the first lap. He ran as high as second and was running third, having passed the Williams of Damon Hill and Alain Prost, before encountering a fuel problem. His Jordan's reliability in 1993 was poor, and he finished few races. Barrichello regularly outpaced his more experienced teammates, Ivan Capelli and Thierry Boutsen. In the French Grand Prix, he almost scored his first grand prix point (and the team's first that year) but Michael Andretti passed Barrichello for the sixth and final point-paying position on the final lap. His only points finish of the season came at the Japanese Grand Prix with fifth place, ahead of his new teammate Eddie Irvine. These 2 points put him in 18th place in the 1993 standings.

1994 started well with a fourth place in Brazil and a third place at Aida, which earned him his maiden podium position. These results put Barrichello in second place in the drivers' ranking at that moment, behind Michael Schumacher, who had won the two races. However, at the San Marino Grand Prix, Barrichello's career nearly ended when he suffered a violent crash during Friday practice. His car hit the wall in Variante Bassa, turning him upside down. This accident knocked him unconscious and threatened his life, with his tongue blocking his airway. Quick action by officials ensured survival. During the race, his mentor Ayrton Senna crashed his Williams at high speed and died. Despite this deep personal loss, Barrichello recovered his confidence and raced strongly, making good races and taking pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix, and leading some laps at the Portuguese Grand Prix. His pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix set the record for the youngest driver to secure pole position at that time. He finished the 1994 season sixth in the Drivers' Championship with 19 points, ahead of teammate Eddie Irvine, who scored six points.

1995 was highlighted by a second place finish in Montreal, but the Jordan cars were less reliable than in 1994. In three races he lost a total of 7 points on the final lap - a collision at Silverstone, and mechanical failures at Barcelona and the Hungaroring. Barrichello finished the season in 11th with 11 points, one ahead of Irvine.

There were high hopes for 1996, when the Jordan team took over the works Peugeot engine contract from the McLaren team. The Benson & Hedges cigarette brand brought an infusion of sponsorship to the team. Barrichello was amongst the frontrunners at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the second race of the season, before spinning off after his brakes overheated.[3] However as the season progressed, Jordan became less competitive. Barrichello's relationship with team owner Eddie Jordan soured during 1996, and at the end of the year, after been linked to strong teams, he left for the newly formed Stewart Grand Prix.

1997-1999: Stewart

Barrichello at the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix.

1997 was a difficult first year for the team, and Barrichello only finished three races. The highlight was a second place finish in Monaco, which put him 13th in the standings. Teammate Jan Magnussen scored no points. The same year, Barrichello married Silvana Giaffone on February 24. She is a cousin of Brazilian Indy Racing League driver Felipe Giaffone and a niece of the Stock Car Brasil champions, Affonso Giaffone Filho and Zeca Giaffone.

1998 was not much better for Stewart. Two fifth places were the best in the season. Despite the poor reliability of the team, Barrichello performed well and consistently beat teammate Magnussen, which resulted in the latter being dropped at the French Grand Prix, replaced by Jos Verstappen, another teammate beaten by Barrichello.

1999 was a much better year for the Stewart team. Barrichello qualified third at the Brazilian Grand Prix, outpacing Michael Schumacher's Ferrari, and led some laps, to delight of the local fans, until his engine blew near 'Subida dos Boxes'. He also took pole position in the wet qualifying session in France and three podium finishes, at the San Marino, French, and European Grands Prix. The latter race was won by teammate Johnny Herbert. Despite this, Barrichello again generally outpaced his teammate. Over the course of the year, he caught the eye of Ferrari boss Jean Todt, and he was signed for the 2000 season.

2000-2005: Ferrari

Barrichello in his Ferrari at the 2002 US GP.

Barrichello achieved his first grand prix victory at the 2000 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim after starting the race from 18th place on the grid. This was the longest any driver in Formula One history has waited for a maiden grand prix win. Barrichello had a consistent debut season for Ferrari, finishing most races on the podium, but was outpaced by the other three reliable cars: Schumacher, Häkkinen and Coulthard. Barrichello finished the season ranked fourth after supporting Michael Schumacher as he battled and defeated Mika Häkkinen for the 2000 Formula One Championship, and helping Ferrari win the constructors' championship.

Barrichello finished the 2001 season in third place, achieving a total of 10 podium finishes and scoring a total of 56 championship points. He again played a major supporting role for Michael Schumacher, helping him win his second drivers' championship with Ferrari and helping the team win the constructors' championship for its third consecutive year.

Barrichello's success at Ferrari continued in 2002, when he won four races for the team and finished a career best second place in the drivers' championship, scoring 77 championship points. The year was marked by controversy, however, when the Ferrari team orders required Barrichello to allow the trailing Michael Schumacher to pass him at the final straight of the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix to take the victory. Michael Schumacher exchanged podium places with Barrichello at the podium ceremony and gave Barrichello the winner's trophy. The drivers were fined for disrupting podium protocol and Ferrari's blatant team orders led to the FIA banning team orders beginning in 2003.

Barrichello's#2 status at Ferrari was made obvious after he moved over to let Michael Schumacher win at the 2002 Austrian GP.

Barrichello finished the 2003 season in fourth place, scoring 65 points, including wins at the British Grand Prix and the Japanese Grand Prix. He again played a crucial role in helping Michael Schumacher and Ferrari win the drivers' and constructors' championships.

In the 2004 season, Barrichello finished second behind teammate Michael Schumacher in only seven of the first thirteen races, but he won both the Italian Grand Prix and the Chinese Grand Prix to clinch second place in the championship, finishing the year with 114 points and 14 podiums.

Though Barrichello had good cars during his Ferrari era, his best result at his home race was a third place at the 2004 event. He has failed to finish eleven of the fifteen Brazilian Grands Prix in which he has competed.

In the 2005 season, Ferrari lacked the pace of previous years due to changing tyre rules. Ferrari used Bridgestone tyres, which were less effective than those of their competitors Michelin. Barrichello's best results this season were two second places: first at the Melbourne and then at the controversial 2005 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. He finished the season in eighth place in the drivers' standing with 38 points, his worst season with the Maranello team.

2006 onwards: Honda

Barrichello at the 2006 Canadian GP.

In August 2005 he announced that he would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the year to join Honda.

Barrichello's lucky number is "11," which was the number his kart bore when he won his first race. In the 2006 Formula One season, his new teammate Jenson Button gave Barrichello the number for his car in goodwill. Barrichello was initially outpaced by Button, and claimed that the car did not suit his driving style, particularly in its braking style. After modifications to the car he was able to be more competitive. At the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, he nearly got his first podium with the team, but then he was given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane and finished fourth. Though he lost a podium, it was the best result at the Monaco Grand Prix for Honda (as a team) or any Japanese team. For the race Barrichello exchanged helmets with Tony Kanaan, a Brazilian IRL driver and one of his best friends. On the same weekend, Kanaan raced in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 race using Barrichello's helmet. Barrichello qualified third for the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix, ahead of Schumacher and Räikkönen. He finished the season seventh in the drivers' standings with 30 points, 26 behind Button.

Barrichello driving for Honda at the 2007 British Grand Prix.
Barrichello driving for Honda at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.

Barrichello did not score any points during the 2007 season, mostly due to the Honda RA107's lack of pace. Despite retiring only twice, a ninth place in the British Grand Prix was his best result of the season and he only once qualified in the top 10. He finished the standings in 20th place, behind weaker cars such as Takuma Sato's Super Aguri and Adrian Sutil's Spyker.

Honda confirmed on July 19, 2007, that Barrichello would remain with the team as a race driver for the 2008 Formula One season.[4] This gave him the opportunity of making the five race starts he required to break Riccardo Patrese's record for the driver that has started the most Grands Prix, a record that had stood for 14 years.

In the first race of the 2008 season, Barrichello qualified 10th, ahead of Button. He finished 6th but was disqualified for ignoring a red light at the pit exit. He also received a stop-and-go penalty during the race for entering the pits while they were closed during a safety car period. In the 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix, gearbox problems limited his performance and he finished 13th. In the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix he again finished out of the points.

The 2008 Turkish Grand Prix was Barrichello's 257th Grand Prix, breaking Riccardo Patrese's record of 256 Grand Prix starts and becoming the most experienced driver in F1 history. The particular Grand Prix at which he broke this record has been disputed, as he technically did not start some races, such as the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix[5], but Barrichello and Honda chose the 2008 Turkish Grand Prix to be the location of the official celebrations[6].

In Monaco, he finally scored his first points since 2006 and in Canada he scored back-to-back points, finishing 7th after starting in 9th position. He led some laps in this race thanks to the appearance of the safety car, but fell back down the order towards the end of the race.

At Magny-Cours, Barrichello did not repeat his performance from the two previous races and qualified in 17th. After a gearbox change, he dropped to 20th. In the race, he finished 14th.

At Silverstone, which he said he considers to be his second home, he qualified 16th, outpacing Button. Despite this and heavy rain on race day, through the use of an extreme wet tyre he finished 3rd, achieving his first podium since 2005. However in Germany, a collision with David Coulthard ended his hopes for points. In Hungary, he was lapped by the leader, repeating the same performance in Valencia. In Belgium he qualified 16th but had to retire due to a gearbox fault. At a wet Italy he was second fastest in Friday practice and started from 16th on the grid. He managed to get up to 9th but due to using the wrong type of tyre in his second pit stop he ended up 17th. At F1's first ever night race in Singapore he was in a good position to score some points after pitting before the pit lane closed for the safety car period but shortly after the engine failed and he had to retire. In the Japanese Grand Prix he again failed to get out of Q1 and started from 17th on the grid, but managed to get up to 13th by the end of the race. In China he managed to get into Q2 for the first time in ten races, and would have started 14th. But after Mark Webber had his ten place penalty for a engine change added he was moved up to 13th. On race day he had a good start, and got up to 10th early on and held a strong mid table position all race and finished 11th, five places ahead of team mate Jenson Button who had struggled all weekend.

At his home Grand Prix in Brazil, he was sporting an alternative helmet design in tribute to Ingo Hoffmann. He finished 15th.[7][8]

On 5 December 2008 Honda shocked everybody by announcing that they were quitting F1, due to the economic crisis; it remains uncertain whether a buyer can be found to buy the team. Currently, Barrichello does not have a seat for a F1 team for the 2009 season.[9]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1989 Brazilian Formula Ford 1600 Arisco ? ? ? ? 4th
1990 Formula Three Sudamericana Guido Forti Dallara 3 1 1 12 8th
Formula Opel Lotus Euroseries Draco Racing 11 7 6 157 1st
Formula Vauxhall Lotus Draco Racing 4 1 0 34 11th
1991 British Formula Three West Surrey Racing 16 9 4 74 1st
Macau Grand Prix West Surrey Racing 1 0 0 N/A 5th
Masters of Formula Three West Surrey Racing 1 1 0 N/A 6th
F3 Fuji Cup West Surrey Racing 1 0 0 N/A NC
1992 International Formula 3000 Il Barone Rampante 10 0 0 27 3rd
Macau Grand Prix Edenbridge/Theodore Racing 1 0 0 N/A 7th
1993 Formula One Jordan 16 0 0 2 17th
1994 Formula One Jordan 16 1 0 19 6th
1995 Formula One Jordan 17 0 0 11 11th
1996 Formula One Jordan 16 0 0 14 8th
1997 Formula One Stewart 17 0 0 6 13th
1998 Formula One Stewart 16 0 0 4 12th
1999 Formula One Stewart 16 1 0 21 7th
2000 Formula One Ferrari 17 1 1 62 4th
2001 Formula One Ferrari 17 0 0 56 3rd
2002 Formula One Ferrari 17 3 4 77 2nd
2003 Formula One Ferrari 16 3 2 65 4th
2004 Formula One Ferrari 18 4 2 114 2nd
2005 Formula One Ferrari 19 0 0 38 8th
2006 Formula One Honda 18 0 0 30 7th
2007 Formula One Honda 17 0 0 0 20th
2008 Formula One Honda 18 0 0 11 14th

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
1993 Sasol Jordan Jordan 193 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 RSA
Ret
BRA
Ret
EUR
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
12
MON
9
CAN
Ret
FRA
7
GBR
10
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
13
JPN
5
AUS
Ret
18th 2
1994 Total Jordan Hart Jordan 194 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 BRA
4
PAC
3
SMR
DNQ
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
7
FRA
Ret
GBR
4
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
4
POR
4
EUR
12
JPN
Ret
AUS
4
6th 19
1995 Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 195 Peugeot A10 3.0 V10 BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
7
MON
Ret
CAN
2
FRA
6
GBR
11
GER
Ret
HUN
7
BEL
6
ITA
Ret
POR
11
EUR
4
PAC
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
11th 11
1996 Benson & Hedges
Total Jordan Peugeot
Jordan 196 Peugeot A12 EV5 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
4
EUR
5
SMR
5
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
9
GBR
4
GER
6
HUN
6
BEL
Ret
ITA
5
POR
Ret
JPN
9
8th 14
1997 Stewart Ford Stewart SF01 Ford VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
2
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
13
AUT
14
LUX
Ret
JPN
Ret
EUR
Ret
13th 6
1998 Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
10
SMR
Ret
ESP
5
MON
Ret
CAN
5
FRA
10
GBR
Ret
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
DNS
ITA
10
LUX
11
JPN
Ret
12th 4
1999 Stewart Ford Stewart SF3 Ford CR-1 3.0 V10 AUS
5
BRA
Ret
SMR
3
MON
9
ESP
DSQ
CAN
Ret
FRA
3
GBR
8
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
5
BEL
10
ITA
4
EUR
3
MAL
5
JPN
8
7th 21
2000 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F1-2000 Ferrari 049 3.0 V10 AUS
2
BRA
Ret
SMR
4
GBR
Ret
ESP
3
EUR
4
MON
2
CAN
2
FRA
3
AUT
3
GER
1
HUN
4
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
2
JPN
4
MAL
3
4th 62
2001 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 AUS
3
MAL
2
BRA
Ret
SMR
3
ESP
Ret
AUT
3
MON
2
CAN
Ret
EUR
5
FRA
3
GBR
3
GER
2
HUN
2
BEL
5
ITA
2
USA
15
JPN
5
3rd 56
2002 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2001
Ferrari F2002
Ferrari 050 3.0 V10
Ferrari 051 3.0 V10
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
2
ESP
DNS
AUT
2
MON
7
CAN
3
EUR
1
GBR
2
FRA
DNS
GER
4
HUN
1
BEL
2
ITA
1
USA
1
JPN
2
2nd 77
2003 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2002
Ferrari F2003-GA
Ferrari 051 3.0 V10
Ferrari 052 3.0 V10
AUS
Ret
MAL
2
BRA
Ret
SMR
3
ESP
3
AUT
3
MON
8
CAN
5
EUR
3
FRA
7
GBR
1
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
ITA
3
USA
Ret
JPN
1
4th 65
2004 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2004 Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 AUS
2
MAL
4
BHR
2
SMR
6
ESP
2
MON
3
EUR
2
CAN
2
USA
2
FRA
3
GBR
3
GER
12
HUN
2
BEL
3
ITA
1
CHN
1
JPN
Ret
BRA
3
2nd 114
2005 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2004M
Ferrari F2005
Ferrari 054 3.0 V10
Ferrari 055 3.0 V10
AUS
2
MAL
Ret
BHR
9
SMR
Ret
ESP
9
MON
8
EUR
3
CAN
3
USA
2
FRA
9
GBR
7
GER
10
HUN
10
TUR
10
ITA
12
BEL
5
BRA
6
JPN
11
CHN
12
8th 38
2006 Lucky Strike Honda
Racing F1 Team
Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 BHR
15
MAL
10
AUS
7
SMR
10
EUR
5
ESP
7
MON
4
GBR
10
CAN
Ret
USA
6
FRA
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
4
TUR
8
ITA
6
CHN
6
JPN
12
BRA
7
7th 30
2007 Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA107 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 AUS
11
MAL
11
BHR
13
ESP
10
MON
10
CAN
12
USA
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
9
EUR
11
HUN
18
TUR
17
ITA
10
BEL
13
JPN
10
CHN
15
BRA
Ret
20th 0
2008 Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA108 Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 AUS
DSQ
MAL
13
BHR
11
ESP
Ret
TUR
14
MON
6
CAN
7
FRA
14
GBR
3
GER
Ret
HUN
16
EUR
16
BEL
Ret
ITA
17
SIN
Ret
JPN
13
CHN
11
BRA
15
14th 11

Personal

  • Barrichello is married to Silvana and they have two sons, Eduardo (b. 2001) and Fernando (b. 2005)

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mika Häkkinen
British Formula Three Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Gil de Ferran
Preceded by
Johnny Herbert
Formula One Indoor Trophy winner
1993
Succeeded by
Luca Badoer
Records
Preceded by
Andrea de Cesaris
22 years, 308 days
(1982 United States GP West)
Youngest Grand Prix Pole Position
Winner

22 years, 97 days
(1994 Belgian Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Fernando Alonso
21 years, 236 days
(2003 Malaysian GP)
Preceded by
Riccardo Patrese
257 entries, 256 starts
(1977 - 1993)

Most Grand Prix entries
Continuing
(1993 - ),
258th entry at the 2008 Turkish GP
257th start at the 2008 French GP
Succeeded by
Incumbent


Persondata
NAME Barrichello, Rubens Gonçalves
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Brazilian Formula One race driver
DATE OF BIRTH May 23, 1972
PLACE OF BIRTH São Paulo, Brazil
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

ast:Rubens Barrichello