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GP Week : Issue 4
23 F1 insight >> Full Circle As Rubens Barrichello stands on the verge of setting a new record for the most F1 starts in history, WILL BUXTON caught up with the affable Brazilian to look back over an incredible career I N a Formula One career spanning a decade and a half, Rubens Barrichello has seen and done it all. He’s been through insurmountable highs, and lived through the most gut- wrenching lows. But through it all he has remained a rock in an unceasing turn of tides. He’s seen the great and the good pass through. He’s seen world champions made and their rivals broken. And still he remains. Confident. Driven. And still smiling that Barrichello smile. “I still want to win,” he grins with a heart-felt desire. “I still love the sport, I love the speed, I love the challenge to win.” After 16 years at the top, it’s his unwavering passion that keeps him going. “It feels great,” he says of his imminent passing of Ricardo Patrese’s record for grand prix starts. “I didn’t start off my career thinking I’m going to be the longest one. But it feels great in a way because I’ve seen so many great people, really good drivers, come and go. “Formula 1 is not an easy business that you can conquer. I have at the top of my mind that I could have finished on the podium in my third race in Donington Park. At that point I thought, ‘Hey, Formula 1 is easy!’ but it proved completely contrary to that. Formula 1 is a tough business and that is