Rubens Barrichello is looking for his first win of the season at Silverstone at this weekend’s British Grand Prix. The veteran Brazilian has found himself in a competitive car this season for the first time in a few years, and he wants the win on a circuit he loves and at which he has always gone well.
“Silverstone is one of my all-time favourite circuits and I absolutely love racing there. The track is fantastic as it is one of the few remaining on the calendar that are high-speed, fast-flowing and really allow you to let the car go through the quick corners,â€ Rubens said.
“It is also a very safe track and that’s important from a driver’s perspective. Becketts is probably the most impressive corner with a 290kph bend which leads into a challenging complex. Overtaking can be pretty spectacular if you get it right in one of the high-speed sections although the best opportunities are probably the slower corners at Vale and Abbey.â€
Barrichello won the event back in 2003 for Ferrari, and took an amazing third place in a rain-soaked British Grand Prix last year, reminding the world what he could do when the conditions nullified the shortcomings of his Honda.
“I have some amazing memories from Silverstone over the years and it feels really sad that this might be the last time that we race there. I spent so much time testing and racing at the circuit when I was younger that it almost feels like a home track and the crowds are always supportive, even if you aren’t British! My win here in 2003 was really special and it’s fantastic to be returning this year with a car that has the potential to compete for the victory.
“There’s a lot of expectation going into the weekend as our team’s home Grand Prix but we will remain calm and just focus on doing the best job that we possibly can,” finished Barrichello.