Rubens Barrichello has said that he does not care for title permutations, or tactical racing – by stating he will try to win both of the final races of the season.
The elder statesman of grand prix racing, with the record for the most ever starts under his belt, trails team-mate Jenson Button by 14 points leading into Barrichello’s home grand prix and the season finale at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. He announced today that in both races, he would not be racing with regard to percentages.
“I am not calculating what I can or can’t do, it is the fact of going there, winning the race and seeing later,” he is quoted as saying by Autosport. “I hope to be fighting for the championship until the end and hopefully I will win, if I deserve to win, by Abu Dhabi.
“The chances are smaller but not as small as the 26-point deficit I had at one point, so they are very much alive. I have to go there [to Brazil] and win the race, that is the aim. The rest for me is really the rest, I don’t care.
“Like I said, if I deserve to win the championship I will. I am not going to be in the middle of the race thinking about it five plus five is 10. I have no intention to look at points or this and that, my intention in to enjoy it and win the race.”
Barrichello has historically not had good luck at his home circuit, Interlagos. He has had 11 retirements there in a fifteen year career.