Belgium

Last Race: 24th Aug Belgium

Belgium GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Daniel Ricciardo
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Rubens upbeat after IndyCar test

Tuesday 31st January 2012

Share:

Rubens upbeat after IndyCar test

Rubens upbeat after IndyCar test

Rubens Barrichello admits he "liked what he saw" during his first day of testing in the IndyCar Series.

After 19 seasons at the highest level, the final curtain appears to have fallen on the Brazilian's Formula One career after Williams decided to replace him with Bruno Senna for the 2012 campaign.

Although the 39-year-old is refusing to give up on his dream of competing for a 20th season in F1, he turned his attention to the IndyCar Series and had a successful test run with KV Racing, co-owned by 1996 IndyCar Champion Jimmy Vasser, on Monday.

He completed 94 laps of the Sebring International Raceway in Florida and was impressed.

"I have still so much passion for speed and I'm quite young in my mind and I believe I'm getting better," he said.

"Right now I'm truly happy and I like what I saw. I just need to see what comes up. I need to talk to my family and to Jimmy."

Barrichello added: "In the morning I was getting used to the car and not doing anything silly because obviously you don't want to put it in the wall.

"It's a different machine from what I'm used to, but it had a good feeling, so I had a very good and productive day behind the wheel.

"You could call me a rookie, even though I've had 33 years doing this job, but here I was an IndyCar rookie."

Vasser admits he is keen to secure the services of the Brazilian as he had a very positive impact on KV Racing's main driver Tony Kanaan.

"We are all pleased with the test," he said.

"This was Rubens' first time in an IndyCar and I think he enjoyed himself. Certainly, we had a lot of fun working with him.

"Most importantly, if he is going to have this kind of effect on Tony we are going to have to figure out a way to keep him around."

It's Go, Go, Go In Belgium

Editor's Picks

Team-Mate Wars: Belgian GP

Team-Mate Wars: Belgian GP

Lewis, Daniel and Jenson extended their considerable leads in TMW, but for once Fernando let one slip...

Winners and Losers: Spa

Winners and Losers: Spa

Daniel Ricciardo made it two on the trot thanks to Nico Rosberg's one-man campaign at wrecking Mercedes' challenge...

Stand-Out Moments In 2014

Stand-Out Moments In 2014

Stuff the critics, Andrew Davies thinks this has been an outstanding year of F1 and delivers his 10 magnificent moments...

What Will Alonso Do Next?

What Will Alonso Do Next?

Fernando Alonso is well known for his love of magic, but he needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat very quickly...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...