Barrichello impresses on IndyCar test debut as Brazilian considers move
Rubens Barrichello is mulling over a move to IndyCar following a successful first day of testing.
The Brazilian was ditched by Williams earlier this month, bringing a 19-year stay in Formula One to an end for this season at least, and he is now looking elsewhere to further his motorsport career.
KV Racing, co-owned by 1996 IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser, have offered the 39-year-old a test drive in the new Dallara chassis.
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Barrichello completed 94 laps at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, and it was not long before he was quickly on the pace of KV Racing's main driver Tony Kanaan.
A typically upbeat Barrichello said: 'I have still so much passion for speed and I'm quite young in my mind and I believe I'm getting better.
'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.
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'You could call me a rookie, even though I've had 33 years doing this job, but here I was an IndyCar rookie.'
Speaking to KV Racing Technology's official website, Kanaan said: 'The guy comes here for the first time and after 20 laps he's already running the same lap times as me.
'His knowledge and experience helped confirm some ideas we had for this test, so it was very productive having Rubens around.'
With the season opener in St Petersburg on March 25 looming, it would appear Vasser is keen to keep hold of Barrichello as he said: 'We are all pleased with the test.
'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.'