Rubens Barrichello has no fear about life post-F1. With Pastor Maldonado’s race seat considered secure for 2012, Williams co-owner Toto Wolff has revealed “serious” talks with Kimi Raikkonen and admitted the team is also “interested” in Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi.
For F1’s longest-serving driver Barrichello, 39, bad news could therefore be around the corner. He wants to hear an answer by the end of the month, and hopefully before his home race at Interlagos, the 2011 Formula one season finale.
“Emotionally, it would be nice to know for Interlagos,” he admitted to Totalrace, “even if I don’t believe Brazil will be my last race in Formula One. “During the weekend in India, I got a better understanding of the situation and I understand a bit why it is taking so long. Unfortunately, I still have to wait.
“I want to race in Formula One, 100 per cent. If not, then I have other options. People like Luciano Burti and Olivier Panis tell me that life after Formula One can even be better.
“When the time comes, I will have the farewell party; I have too many relationships established to disappear from the sport in one moment.
“What will be, will be, but god willing I will be on the grid next year.”