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Rubens Barrichello

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Template:F1 driver Rubens Barrichello, born May 23 1972 in So Paulo, Brazil, is a Formula One race driver.

Barrichello was an extremely promising driver in his youth, winning five karting titles in Brazil before going to Europe to race the Formula Lotus series in 1990. In his first year, he won the championship, a feat he replicated the following year in the British Formula 3, beating a young Briton named David Coulthard. He very nearly joined Formula One at just 19 years of age but joined Formula 3000 instead. There would be no title, but a solid third place did little to hurt his value, and he contracted with Jordan Grand Prix for the 1993 season.

Rubens Barrichello at the USGP in 2002
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Rubens Barrichello at the USGP in 2002

Barrichello had an effective rookie year, earning only two championship points, but he was running third in the European Grand Prix (in just his third race) before encountering a fuel problem. He regularly outpaced his more experienced teammates. While he improved in 1994, his career was very nearly curtailed at the tragic San Marino Grand Prix, where a violent crash during practice knocked him unconscious, nearly killing him. Medical teams saved his life, but his spirits weren't any better after his mentor Ayrton Senna's death at the race two days later. Barrichello never truly recovered that season, but he did manage to earn a pole position at Spa-Francorchamps, the youngest driver at the time to earn one. He finished a respectable sixth in the drivers championship.

Two similar years with the team followed, but after his relationship with team owner Eddie Jordan soured, he left for the newly formed Stewart Grand Prix in 1997. He struggled in his first two years with Jackie Stewart's team, but managed to place seventh in the 1999 championship. This was enough for Scuderia Ferrari to sign Barrichello as their "number two" driver behind Michael Schumacher in the 2000 season; he has been with the prancing horse since.

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Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello was more than capable of being Schumacher's "number two". He achieved his first victory in Hockenheim that year in his 128th race, the longest wait for a driver's maiden win. "Rubinho", as he is often known, has continued to be successful thanks to Ferrari's dominance of Formula One; he managed to finish second behind Schumacher in the 2002 championship, as Ferrari ran away from the rest of the field. Team orders allowed Barrichello to earn four victories, with Schumacher trailing him each time by less than a second. The same orders also forced the Brazilian to cede to Schumacher some potential victories, such as the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, where he pulled over obviously at the last turn of the race; such behaviour eventually led to team orders being banned in 2003.

In the 2004 season, Barrichello finished second behind teammate Michael Schumacher in seven of the first thirteen races, but he won both the Italian Grand Prix and the Chinese Grand Prix to clinch second place in the championship, finishing the year with an impressive 114 points and staggering 14 podiums -- only one behind his teammate.

Despite being the newest source of Brazilian pride in Formula One, Rubinho has been very unlucky at his home race, as he has failed to finish ten of twelve Brazilian Grand Prix in which he has competed.


Constructors and drivers competing in the 2005 Formula One championship:
Ferrari BAR Renault Williams McLaren Sauber Red Bull Toyota Jordan Minardi
1 M Schumacher
2 Barrichello
3 Button
4 Sato
5 Alonso
6 Fisichella
7 Webber
8 Heidfeld
9 Rikknen
10 Montoya
11 Villeneuve
12 Massa
14 Coulthard
15 Klien
16 Trulli
17 R Schumacher
18 Monteiro
19 Karthikeyan
20 Friesacher
21 Albers


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