Tuesday, November 3, 2009

F1: Rubens Barrichello driving for Williams in 2010

Photo provided courtesy of Brawn GP

The iron man of Formula 1 having entered 288 grand prix races, Brazil's Rubens Barrichello will be driving for the AT&T Williams after a successful one-year tenure within the Brawn GP team in 2009. As At&T Williams hires Barrichello, the team's entire driver lineup will be shaken up as the second car will be piloted by Formula One newcomer Nico Hulkenberg.

Formula 1's most Rubens Barrichello has actively competed in the world's top open wheel series since 1993 starting with Eddie Jordan's F1 effort. Through 18 seasons of F1 competition, Barrichello steered vehicles for Stewart, Ferrari, and Honda formula one team (the operation Ross Brawn purchased in creating his championship race team). Barrichello's glory years presided within the Ferrari team between 2000 to 2005 where he played an honourable supporting role to Michael Schumacher. Winning 9 grand prix races with the Scuderia Ferrari, those were Barrichello's only victories until his two wins with Brawn GP. He finished the 2009 F1 season 3rd in overall points, Barrichello's best finish since 2004.

Experiencing seasons of dominance coupled with ongoing periods of F1 back-marker status, AT&T Williams are looking for success in 2010 to revive notes of past greatness. Along with the new drivers, AT&T Williams will be running under new momentum for 2010. Abandoning the underperforming Toyota powerplants, the team will be opting instead for a spec Cosworth V8 which four new F1 teams will also campaign. Barrichello will undoubtedly find himself as not only the #1 driver but a guide to the rookie Hulkenberg as well as the rehabilitation of the Williams F1 team.

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