Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

257 Reasons Why Rubens Thinks He's Still the Best; Honda Way to a Record: Barrichello Has Stuggled to Stay on the Pace in His Honda but Refuses to Listen to Those Who Say the Wheels Have Come off His F1 Career as He Gets Ready for a Record 257th Grand Prix Golden Oldies: Barrichello Celebrates with Former Ferrari Team-Mate Michael Schumacher

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

257 Reasons Why Rubens Thinks He's Still the Best; Honda Way to a Record: Barrichello Has Stuggled to Stay on the Pace in His Honda but Refuses to Listen to Those Who Say the Wheels Have Come off His F1 Career as He Gets Ready for a Record 257th Grand Prix Golden Oldies: Barrichello Celebrates with Former Ferrari Team-Mate Michael Schumacher

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

THERE are those in Formula One who compare Rubens Barrichello to anageing boxer stubbornly insisting he can still win a title when the evidencesuggests otherwise.

Barrichello didn't win a championship point with Honda last season and so far,after four races, this campaign has yielded another blank, but he will be onthe grid in Turkey on Sunday.

What he will achieve is a new record of 257 Grand Prix appearances, passing themark of current holder, Italy's Riccardo Patrese, on 256.

At 35, Brazilian Barrichello has heard the whispers that his F1 days arenumbered but shrugs them off.

He said: "I was brought up in F1 thinking I would be champion. Obviously I'mstill here, and there is still a chance.

"People like to put an end to my career but I'm quite happy. I have 15 years ofexperience in F1 but I'm more motivated and driving better than ever." Therehave been the bad moments in his career, not least the death of his idol andcountryman Ayrton Senna during a San Marino Grand Prix in 1994 that beganominously when Barrichello's Jordan hit a kerb during practice and flippedseveral times.

"I cannot remember how I got to the hospital," said Barrichello, who sufferedhead trauma, a fractured arm, severe contusions on his spinal cord and thorax,a fractured nose and other facial injuries.

"But I can clearly recall it was Ayrton at my bedside as soon as I came back tomy senses. I was cleared from the hospital on the Saturday and I went straighthome to England and watched the race on TV.

"It had already been a very stressful weekend because Roland Ratzenberger haddied on the Saturday, but Senna's death in the race was the greatest loss of mylife. Ayrton was my guide, my joy in racing. In my 18 previous races Isometimes didn't know what was more gratifying for me, whether it was the factthat I was driving in F1 or the fact that I was there, so close to him."Barrichello saw it as his duty to become the next Brazilian world champion. Butwhile he won nine

Grands Prix and finished on the podium 61 times, he never held the title.

Having worked his way up the grid with Jordan and Stewart, Barrichello said:"When you see the likes of Lewis Hamilton coming straight into a competitivecar, of course I wish my career had been like that. …

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