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Rubens: If Ferrari called I'd answer

2012-04-05 10:56:00

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Rubens: If Ferrari called I'd answer

Rubens Barrichello is refusing to give up on Formula One, saying he would even be open to rejoining Ferrari if the opportunity arose...

Rubens Barrichello is refusing to give up on Formula One, saying he would even be open to rejoining Ferrari if the opportunity arose.

After 19 years in Formula One, Barrichello bid goodbye to the sport when Williams opted not to re-sign him and instead moved to the IndyCar series.

But just because the 39-year-old is no longer in F1, that doesn't mean that isn't where he would like to be.

"I'm completely open, it would be something to think about," Barrichello told Brazilian channel SporTV.

"In my first Twitter after Williams called me, I made it clear that I was sad and that my future was open. I think that's the way it has to be.

"I think anything can happen. I'm not saying it will happen, but I have to be ready."

He added that even F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone wanted him to remain in Formula One.

"He asked me if I was really going to race in IndyCar and I told him that 'Yeah, because you didn't find me a place in F1.' He said he will see what he can do about it.

"Really, you just have to see what happens, you have to stay open about it."

Barrichello's name was recently linked to a return to Ferrari with the Brazilian media claiming he could be in line to replace the under-fire Felipe Massa.

The Brazilian had a difficult past with the Italian stable after being made to play second fiddle to Michael Schumacher.

Barrichello, though, insists all hard feelings are in the past.

"I want the fans to understand that I don't have any hard feelings," he said. "If (Ferrari) called me today to go drive for them I would go.

"It was the best team I've ever driven for in terms of support, of creativity. But there were definitely some spicy episodes."

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