While he may be refusing to comment after losing his one realistic shot of staying in Formula 1 for a record twentieth season, Rubens Barrichello will need to face the reality that his F1 career is, in all likelihood, finished.
The veteran Brazilian, who has started in a record 323 Grands Prix, was dropped from Williams’ race line-up for the 2012 season in favour of his countryman, Bruno Senna.
Two seasons with the increasingly uncompetitive Williams team have proven to be a sad sign-off to a career that promised plenty, but it would take a miracle for this ever-enthusiastic Brazilian to add more Grand Prix appearances.
So far, Rubens has still optimistically claimed via Twitter that his future “is wide open”, but outside of this, he has been reluctant as yet to go public with details of his next motorsport activities.
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