Barrichello: I Still Have the Speed for F1

With Honda leaving Formula 1 earlier this month, Rubens Barrichello was joined in by Jenson Button on the list of possible 'left-behinds' for next year's campaign. Ross Brawn and Nick Fry are yet to secure a sponsorship deal for 2009, therefore projecting a lot of incertitude in the racing future of the two drivers.

Although Button is credited with the best chances of continuing with Ross Brawn's team for 2009 or another outfit within the F1 paddock, should the Englishman fail to find sponsorship, Barrichello insisted that he still has the speed to continue in the Great Circle.

“I told Ross, right now I am into the situation where I am not old and I can still use this as a learning emotion. And I don't want to sign just for one year. I want to sign for two or three years. I also started my career on slicks and I definitely want to finish my career on slicks,” the Brazilian was quoted as saying by in an interview.

“There are two sides to this. First of all you need to have speed. If you only have experience and don't have the speed, then you are never going to get the speed. This is the main point. So you are better off getting someone quick and you develop him with experience. I think in terms of myself I have both. It is a question of checking if the old boy is still eager to do it,” added Barrichello.

The F1 veteran, currently holding the record for most grands prix started in the Great Circle, is yet to test the new car for 2009, as Honda used the Barcelona testing session to try out some 'fresh blood' for the upcoming year (Bruno Senna in particular). Ross Brawn scratched off the Jerez meeting from the team's offseason testing schedule following Honda's decision to withdraw.

“I have unfinished business in F1. I am sure I can finish higher up, if not winning the championship. I really believe that is what I deserve. "It would be a shame not to use the services of someone so eager to do it, plus with all the experience and the speed. It is the right time – and it comes with the willingness to do well. There is no negative about anything – you have to take the positive side and there will be a positive side. Someone will buy it and it can be better than it was the last two years.”
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