Barrichello Wants 2011 Extension with Williams

Breaking the 300 Grand Prix starts barrier in Formula One is not the only reason why Rubens Barrichello has committed to a one-year deal with Williams-Cosworth. Following his back to back Top 5 finishes in Valencia and Silverstone, the veteran driver is thinking of anything but retirement.

When leaving the title winning Brawn GP team last year, Barrichello is believed to have signed only a one-year deal with Frank Williams's team, during which the Grove based officials had set him two aims: use his experience to improve the 2010 challenger and provide a good teaching basis for rookie driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Now that he seems to have accomplished both of those things by the mid-season, Barrichello insisted that he doesn't want to leave the British team at the end of 2010.

I have not signed any contract (for 2011) but I am not in any talks with other teams. Leaving Williams would be exactly the wrong thing, because they are already working on the programme for next year. It would be a waste not to be here,” said Barrichello after a 5th place finish in the British Grand Prix.

I want to be back on the podium with this team this year, and next year I want to be winning races,” made it very clear the 38-year old driver, according to website of Motorsport Aktuell.

Next year will going to be a very difficult one for the majority of the F1 teams, as it will come with plenty of technical changes in regards to the F1 challengers. The Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) will be back, along with standard weight distribution ratio and moveable wings. Under the circumstances, having an experienced driver in your lineup to tackle all those things is certainly something that most teams will consider once they'll make their decision.

In case Williams will take up on Barrichello's offer and extend his deal for 2011, the Brazilian might reach the 327 race starts landmark in F1, something that will be very hard to achieve by any racer from now on.
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