Rubens Barrichello may be the greatest supporting act we may have ever seen in F1, first with Michael Schumacher in all those years with Ferrari (2000-2005) and later with Jenson Button, though for just an year in 2009 when the Brawn was ultra-competitive.
Barrichello though was not a poor driver himself. He won 11 races himself and got on the podium a whopping 68 times. He also finished second in the drivers’ championship in 2002, to you know who.
The Brazilian was seen as one of the best wet weather drivers in F1 which is truly the mark of a gifted driver. Naturally someone with his genes is bound to inherit some of that and his son, who made his racing debut last year, took him for a spin in a racecar.
The whole thing was too overwhelming for the Brazilian as he let out tears mid-lap, unable to control his emotions and pride. Check out the year-old video here:
Barrichello was quite the journeyman during his time in F1, racing for as many as six different teams, which included three championship winning teams in Ferrari, Brawn and Williams. He is also the most experienced driver in F1 history to date.
Barrichello raced in 326 races, with 322 starts. Starting his career as a 21-year-old in 1993 with Jordan, he almost lost his life at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix weekend, where he suffered a high-speed crash during practice, with his tongue blocking his airway. He was saved by track doctor, Sid Watkins.
However, that same weekend, rival Roland Ratzenberger lost his life, after another high-speed crash and there was yet more bad news for the young Barrichello as his mentor, Ayrton Senna, also died during race day whilst leading going into the Tamburello corner.
He bravely continued for the rest of the season, carving a great career for himself, one which he will surely be proud of.