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One more season for Rubens Barrichello ?

One more season for Rubens Barrichello ?

When it comes to Honda F1 it is still difficult to separate rumours from the real developments. But the news coming out in last few days seem to suggest that:

– the team will be renamed to something close the Brawn Racing
– as expected Jenson Button will drive one of the cars
– as perhaps not that expected Rubens Barrichello will drive the second

As reported in many places already the domains and were registered last week by Caroline McGrory, the team’s legal counsel. Confirming that information is very easy, this is what a quick domain search reveals:

Caroline McGrory, 28 The Hall Close, Rugby, Cv22 6NP, UK


Created on: 2009-02-25
Expires on: 2011-02-25

Administrative contact:
Easily Limited, 3rd Floor, Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GA, UK

Technical contact:
Easily Limited, 3rd Floor, Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GA, UK today reports that the same Caroline McGrory has been appointed Honda F1 Racing company secretary and expects the company name change in matter of days.

At the same time claims to have learned that Rubens Barrichello has agreed a deal to race for “Honda”. The contract is set to be finalized once the management buyout is officially confirmed.

GPUpdtade seems to have their sources close to the team too. And those sources confirmed to GPUpdate that the former Honda team will later this week set off for Barcelona for the final pre-season test.

If the above becomes reality it would mean that 19 out 20 drivers who raced in Brazil last year will be on the grid in Melbourne later this month.

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  1. kaushalNo Gravatar says:

    I thought honda would be called as Barcklay F1 team. :)
    But i am still not clear about the MANAGEMENT buyout. Expecting a post on this topic

    kaushals last blog post..Lewis Hamilton’s SECRET LETTER to Barack Obama!!

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      I thought honda would be called as Barcklay F1 team.

      that can still happen :-)

      But i am still not clear about the MANAGEMENT buyout. Expecting a post on this topic

      In short Brawn (and perhaps also Nick Fry) will probably take over the team, use Honda’s parachute money, some TV money advance from Ecclestone and if lucky from few sponsors. The money will be no match for the budgets of Ferrari, Toyota, McLaren, BMW etc but should be enough for them to survive 2009 season.

      whether that is the best way forward for the team is hard to judge without having any idea who were those potential buyers …

  2. Nic B 205No Gravatar says:

    Come on, it can’t be too unexpected, that Rubens is driving again. He out performed Button last year, even managing a podium. It was the only rational choice. He also won the Massa friends kart race.
    LOL – I’m such a Rubens fan
    Probably a good thing for Bruno Senna too… just in case Honda/ Brawn/ Brackley don’t quite make it the whole year. Not sure how DTM is a good stepping stone to F1 for Senna though. Have any other F1 drivers come through those ranks?

    • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

      Till the date, only F1 drivers went to racing DTM. But there’s Gary Puffet sharing his time between DTM racing and official test driver for McLaren, since quite a long while he didn’t run in a F1 I think.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      perhaps it shouldn’t be too unexpected, from racing point of view keeping Barrcihello makes perfect sense. He sure is a rational choice but being rational choice may not mean too much in F1 if money is what the team needs most.

      • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

        Contract was wtill running, right??? Then he’s the propper choice :)

        • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

          I don’t think Barrichello was under contract. Button was, but I believe 2008 was last year of Barrichello’s contract with Honda

          • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

            I would be not surprised with that, lately the teams did show too little interest about renovating their drivers (abd making it official) or drivers showed too little interest to do it with their teams. In this case, I do not imagine why Rubens has been quite apart from this deal with Honda, he wouldn’t have many chances now if things were different. Now he can feel lucky due the withdrow of the Japanese manufacturer, the new team may need now a solid base to evolve until being themselves competitive. Nothing better than cntonue being the same as they were, for avoiding new kind of problems.

  3. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    I think Senna is in DTM this year only because he waited too long for any other choice to be viable.

    With Rubens coming back i think that is a good choice as he outdrove Jenson Button all last year without any problems. I don’t rate Jenson one bit anymore, he used to try a lot harder i reckon and seems to have lost his edge after many years with a failing BAR/Honda team.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      … or also because he was so vocal about one more season in GP2 doing him no good

      • TimmieNo Gravatar says:

        lol, there is that too!
        He technically doesn’t have anything else to prove in GP2 anyway, well maybe winning it would help but not really a major concern at the time when there was high interest in him.

        • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

          if he went for GP2 he would have to win it, so he would probably be risking a lot racing there one more season. but one can never tell, going back to GP2 (and winning it) did not hurt Timo Glock’s career, winning GP2 on the other hand did not help Giorgio Pantano much. Being stripped of F3000 title for smoking pot ruined Tomas Enge’s F1 chances for good …

          a lot can be gained, a lot can be lost in feeder series :-)

          • TimmieNo Gravatar says:

            Slightly off topic, but what do we all think of the new F2 category that is debuting this season?

            The car developed by Williams doesn’t look too bad for the series and i guess it means we can see even more new talent coming through.

  4. seskuNo Gravatar says:

    actually there are f1 driver coming from dtm…the minardi and spyker driver…cristian albers….used to drive for mercedes in dtm…..

    seskus last blog post..Pak Pandir yang terlampau

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      sure he did, but the only reason he made it to F1 was the money he brought to Minardi and later Spyker. The moment the money stopped coming he was out of Spyker

    • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

      Very good!! I didn’t remember that! And I like his DTM car a lot :) But as we all remember, he had dreadful abbilities when the drive was in a F1 car.

      • TimmieNo Gravatar says:

        Yes, he was definitely a loud mouth on the F1 side of things wasn’t he?
        His driving skills were very poor on the track but still managed to claim how he was the golden child didn’t he?
        And yes his DTM car was sweet, lol. One thing going for him!

  5. Surely Senna would benefit far more from a second season in GP2, possibly, you know, winning it, maybe, rather than heading to Germany for the year.

    Great news for Rubens though

  6. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    Good for Ruebens. He has been one of my favorites for a long time. Unfortunately, he seems destined to finish with a horrible car destined to be this seasons back marker.

    • TimmieNo Gravatar says:

      Not neccessarily is he going to be a backmarker.

      They will be running Mercedes engines, so cant say they won’t have the power.

      They did start developing their 2009 car earlier than anybody else on the grid and were still close to finished development before the shock pull out of Honda was announced much to the angst of the team who didnt even really know it was happening.

      They are still getting support from Honday short term, which means development has continued.

      The downside of this is if they don’t score a decent sponsor, then maybe development will be lacking, and they will play catch up for the start of the season only because they didn’t get the chance to test but there is nothing really that can be said that they will be definitely running around at the back of the grid. I for one give them at least a 50/50 chance of turning up a few races into the season with a competitive car!

      • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

        that is a possible scenario if the car they have turns out to be good right from the first test. if their car is on par or only slightly better than the other cars before their first test runs they may pay the price for missing out all those test sessions …

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