Barrichello in his debut season in 1993 (above left); and contesting his 299th GP at Hungary in 2010 (above right)
An historic moment is set to occur this weekend, with Rubens Barrichello becoming the first driver to notch up his 300th Grand Prix participation at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Since making his debut in 1993, Rubens has driven for Jordan, Stewart, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn GP and Williams, with nine of his eleven race victories earned with Ferrari as Michael Schumacher’s team-mate.
While Rubens might not always look back on his time as Schumacher’s number-two with great fondness, the key figures at the Prancing Horse have still felt it appropriate to acknowledge the occasion and offer their congratulations.
Describing Barrichello’s feat as “a remarkable achievement”, team boss Stefano Domenicali added: “He was part of our team when it was living through a great period in its history and he made a very significant contribution to our success at that time.”
“I feel very privileged to have been in the sport for such a long time and it feels great to reach this milestone,” added Barrichello. “I still think I am at the top of my game and plan to continue being competitive long past my 300th.”