Rubens Barrichello

Formula 1’s most experienced driver, Rubens Barrichello, has admitted that he doesn’t see himself in the sport when F1 adopts the new V6 engine regulations in 2014.

The 39-year-old Brazilian made his F1 debut as a baby-faced 20-year-old in 1993 with the Jordan team, and he has since gone on to amass over 300 starts. Despite admitting that he would welcome the opportunity to stay around for at least another year, it would appear that retirement is beckoning.

“[The new engine regulations are] for three years from now. At that time, I will not be in F1 but at Disneyland, eating hamburgers and riding the rollercoaster,” he admitted to Brazil’s Globo Esporte, when asked about the upcoming engine regulations.

When pressed on how close he was to re-signing with Williams for another season, the Brazilian was a little more cagey.

“In F1 there are always surprises; you can never guarantee that something is fixed,” he answered.

“From what we can see, only the top seats are pretty much decided. For the teams in the middle of the field it depends on other factors and anything can happen.”

[Original image via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.