Rubens Barrichello is hoping to keep his Formula One career alive with a twentieth consecutive season in the sport. At present, the Brazilian F1 driver does not know whether he will have a racing seat for the 2012 season or not as Williams have yet to decide whether to keep him alongside Pastor Maldonado or not.
“I want to be here next year, whatever it takes for it, and wherever,” the 39-year-old is quoted by the German news agency SID. “I am talking to the entire paddock.”
He clarified, however, that he is actually seeking only “a competitive car”, hinting that his preferences are Williams or Renault.
“I hope to know from Williams before Brazil,” Barrichello is quoted by Brazil’s Globo Esporte. “The fans need to know as well.
“Williams have said they would like to make a decision before Interlagos and I hope that’s a positive sign,” he added.
As for his other options, the former Ferrari and Honda driver added: “I think there are still two or three opportunities that are very good.
“I will not drive in formula one for anything, just to say ‘I have completed 20 years here, even without a competitive car’. That is not the point.
“The teams that I am talking to have the conditions for a good car.
“If my fate is that I am not involved any more with F1, 19 years would be wonderful and I will see if Disney wants me to drive the cars at Disney world,” Barrichello joked.