Rubens Barrichello, Formula 1’s most experienced driver, is still hanging out to know if Williams will grant him the opportunity to contest a twentieth consecutive Grand Prix season in 2012.
On the back of the Grove team’s worst season in its lengthy history as a Formula 1 constructor, the outfit has already re-signed the well-funded Pastor Maldonado for a second season.
In turn, it has left itself open to consider the overtures of a host of drivers keen to occupy its second race seat, with ousted Renault drivers Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna on the market, along with Adrian Sutil (Force India), Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi (both formerly of Toro Rosso).
Speaking with Brazil’s Totalrace, the veteran of 326 Grands Prix said: “I have no plans to stop.
“I really want to do twenty years in Formula 1. Who knows whether a great team will have me and this thing will go on.
“The passion and the desire are still there, now for the rest but one way or another, I will be competing,” he added.
To try and maximise his chances of remaining with Williams, it is believed that Barrichello has amassed some $5 million in sponsorship backing to be more attractive to the cash-strapped team.
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