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Barrichello’s 300th GP T shirt
Posted By: James Allen  |  12 Aug 2010   |  8:28 am GMT  |  100 comments

Rubens Barrichello will reach the amazing milestone of 300 Grand Prix starts at Spa in two weeks from now.

And to celebrate he has produced a commemorative T shirt, which he and his sons Eduardo and Fernando have been modeling in the last 24 hours on Twitter.

No doubt there will be a fair bit of public demand for these shirts. He has not yet indicated how many he’s producing and whether they’ll be for sale, but Rubens tweeted that there will be some kind of draw. If you want one, best thing to do is to sign up to follow @rubarrichello on Twitter and await further details.

I remember Rubens’ debut season in 1993 with Jordan very well. He was on for a podium in Donington, but then retired just before the end with a fuel pressure problem.

Although he is one of the oldest drivers in the field, he still has a youthfulness about him and a raw enthusiasm for racing F1 cars which belies his years. And as he showed in Hungary, when he passed Michael Schumacher through a small gap next to the pit wall, he’s still got plenty of fire in his belly.

Williams love him to bits and I understand that they are well advanced with renewing his contract for 2011. So the incredible total of Grand Prix starts will keep on growing.

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1

Congrats to Rubens he’s a one of the greatest F1 driver ever even though he does not have WDC to his name .

I can answer why he stayed at Ferrari so long in one word money.

He has a family and working for Ferrari all those years made him a very wealthy man.

Rubens owns a private jet and was nice enough to lend it services to Jenson last year after he won the WDC.

Rubens is a class act!

2

Maybe Rubens will one day say why he really chose to go to Ferrari all those years ago rather than Williams where he could have easily been a world champion…presumably until Frank and Patrick dumped him.

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The Kitchen Cynic

It’s amazing that he’s done this many GPs while also holding down a job as Seattle’s premier radio psychiatrist…

4

Actually, he’s been hosting a TV show in San Francisco since May 2004.

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Congrats Rubens, keep it going, but please keep the “poor me” stuff to a minimum, ala Germany last year http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8146728.stm .

I really thought he’d be a threat when he went to Honda, that one was a big disappointment. I’d love for Ruben’s and/or Nico to carry Williams to a podium this year.

6

I’m amazed at the few people who moan about Rubens. How is he a “moaner”? In this sort of topic, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it!

I think Rubens had it right when he was talking after the Great Ferrari Team Orders Scandal Pt.3 in Germany a couple of weeks ago. He said, to paraphrase, “I’d rather be known as a good, honest guy than someone who wins titles by cheating” and I think this sums him up. I’d love him to win the title but I love him for his personality, talent and enthusiasm for F1 than his results. This is what I meant by ‘true’ fans of F1 love Rubens, even if he’s not their ‘favourite’ driver – he symbolises all that is great about our sport and if he hasn’t won as often as he’d like to, I can live with that so long as he’s doing what he loves and is respected by his colleagues.

7

Not that it would ever have happened in reality, but it would have been very interesting to see who would have been quicker this season if Rubens had stayed at Brawn/Mercedes and partnered Schumacher.

8

I think that’s fairly obvious. Roobs!

9

According to Wikipedia and f1-facts.com he had his 300th GP already in Hungary. Apparently Barrichello does not count his only DNQ., but imho it is even worse than a DNS or DNF so should count as well for a race.

10

I love his interaction with his team when he win or when his team is in a bad shape.

F.e.

“Jenson is 2 sec quicker…. don`t make me laugh ” :)))

I also remember when he cryed in Germany 2000, he is so real and so emotional. I like his personality.

11

Fantastic, have been a long time supporter of Rubens. He was unfortunate to play number 2 to MS for 5 years, but as other people have said where else would he rather have been, no other team was consistantly competitive (competative at all in 2002 / 2004) in that time. He should know himself that on his day he won and in doing so beat the greatest driver in the history of f1 9 times. I dont every really remember him winning by default, he won because he deserved to. He would be the first guy on my team sheet if I had a team, so what if he is a serial moaner, so was Mansell.

Well done Rubens

12

James, how long do you think Rubens will continue before calling it a day?

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Probably end of next year, is my guess. If Schumacher comes good in 2011 and RB wants to carry on he may find it possible

14

Congratulations Rubens. It is heartwarming to see that there is room for a gentleman inside F1.

Please go on.

15

Nicest guy in F1 and he’s still got it. He hasn’t had the breaks he deserves in F1 though – he made a poor decision in staying too long at Ferrari and when he moved to Honda with the promise of a decent car, it turned out to be a dud. I don’t think it’s fair to say Rubens is ‘too nice’ to win a championship. He just wasn’t prepared to let his moral standards down by way of poor sportsmanship – like many of his peers. Jenson Button proved last year that sometimes good guys do win!

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Jenson Button proved last year that sometimes good guys do win!

>> Even the good guys need, team management in their corner. Brawn(and BAR/Honda before that) was always Jenson’s team and things (design,understeer, strategy etc) were done with Jenson’s preferences in mind.

No driver can become series championship if his team is not behind him wholeheartedly & last year more than once it was evident that Ruben’s side of team was compromised more than once on strategy and minor car related gremlins (poor race starts). Team only let Rubens win, when Jenson started messing in qualifiers after the first half of season.

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My coment regarding Jenson Button didn’t really relate to Rubens’ time in the Brawn team. I only noted that, like Rubens, JB is one of the good duys in F1.

18

The German drivers can learn a lot from Rubens, how to be a champion guy as well as a champion on the track!

19

What’s worrying is that I was stood at a wet cold Redgate in 1993 and it doesn’t seem that long ago .

20

I started changing nappies at the end of Rubens’ rookie year…and now it’s drivers license and uni….it’s ages.

p.s. without looking it up, I think the record is Patrese, 256 or 257 ish.

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The amazing thing about Patrese’s previous record (yes, 256 starts; 257 entries) is that it accounted for almost half of the F1 GPs ever held at the time. Adelaide 1990 was the 500th, and his 224th if I’ve counted right.

And, of course, there are other links with Rubens: his last season was Barrichello’s first, and they’ve both had Michael Schumacher as a teammate. It’s extraordinary to think that a current driver once partnered someone whose first GP was in 1977.

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Doesn’t it? Feels like ages ago to me. A lot’s happened since then. Amazing that a sportsman’s career can stretch over such a long period

23

Rubens would be a very popular WDC indeed. I hope it happens someday. I’d rather have Rubens as WDC than my country win world cup!

24

James,

This is off topic. Do you know if or how much reconditioning of engines is allowed should a team start to use up the alloted amount of new engines by the end of the season and would FIA monitor this reconditioning?

25

Not allowed to break seals etc, so limited amount that can be done. Race engines get re-used for practice etc

26

Rubens deserves all he’s got cause is such a nice guy.

James,Sam Michael few months ago said that he,patrick and Frank consider Rubens should have been champion.What is your opinion on that?

27

He’s got great skill and clearly an amazing appetite, but lacks the ruthless mentality of a champion, in the company he’s been racing against.

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JustAnotherF1Fan

Good to see him reach this milestone. The first full F1 race I watched was the Hockenheim race, which he won with slicks in the wet. Hooked me on to F1 since then. There’s is certainly a feel good factor for the “nice guys” in the F1 world where, rightly or wrongly, ruthlessness is needed to win.

Anyone know whether he is still the only driver to brake with his right foot? Must have pretty good reflexes. Any insight as to how he brake throttles? Actually, do F1 drivers brake throttle? James?

Good luck to him!

29

Rubens is a lovely guy. but must he keep on talking about Schumacher?

30

To be fair I’ve only heard him talk about Schumacher once this year (after Hungary) and he had every justification to do so!!

31

Fantastic indeed. Parabems, Rubinho. Hats off to 1st 300 starter ever!

32

I knew him in F3 and despite screwing up the start of many races, he was always a racer and didn’t take any prisoners. He showed that same spirit in his early F1 career, but his decision to knowingly go to a team where he would be contractually obliged to give way to his team mate was a poor decision, and not one that many of these ambitious young men would take lightly. Personally I find it sad that someone with so much promise and fighting spirit chose the lure of racing the red cars (with the accompanying salary) knowing the best he could do was come second.

For all of the longevity of his career and nice guy attitude it will be that decision that defines his career for me.

33

This is what I think of Rubens Barrichello:

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I also have never been a great fan of Rubens, think of him more as a great number two driver. But what made me re-evaluate this thinking is the amazing pass of Schumacher, and the unbelievable photo of it. It just shows the size of his balls and his almost too perfect control keeping the car within 1Cm of the pit wall ….

35

He looks like he’s busting out of that shirt, maybe need a size bigger to fit in rubino.

36

“I started 300 Grands Prix and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.”

37

Haha! Wonder if anybody will cheekily sell ^that^ shirt side-by-side with the “official” one at Spa!

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