Barrichello says he nearly replaced Raikkonen for final two races
24 November, 2013
Rubens Barrichello has revealed that he very nearly made a return to Formula 1 to replace injured Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus.
The 41 year old Brazilian veteran, whose last grand prix was in Sao Paulo for Williams in 2011, told reporters at Interlagos, “I really thought the Lotus deal was clear, that it was going to happen.”
Instead Lotus chose to go with Heikki Kovalainen for the last two races of the season, snubbing their nominated reserve Davide Valsecchi in the process.
“If I had gone to Austin to get back [into F1], maybe my neck would suffer a little bit, but I’m better physically than I used to be, but it’s fine, they choose a different direction and I wish them all the best,” mused Barrichello who started 322 grands prix for Jordan, Stewart, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Williams during his 19 years competing at the pinnacle of motorsport. (GP247)
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