RUBENS Barrichello - Team FERRARI

Date of birth : 23 May 1972
Birthplace : Sao Paulo
Marital status : Married to Silvana, 1 child
Height : 172 cm
Weight : 77 kg

Wins : 5
Points scored : 272
Number of GP : 165
Pole Position : 6
Podiums : 35
First GP : 1993 (Kyalami)
Best result : 1


Rubens had one of the fastest climbs from karting to formula one than any other active driver. By the age of 17, he had 5 national karting titles, and promptly went on to win the GM Euroseries in the same year. Formula Three came next for him, where he won the title in 1991 for West Surrey Racing. He had less success the next year, when he tried Formula 3000, but he came third overall, and was ready for Formula One by his twenty-first birthday.

He made his Formula One debut in 1993, driving for Eddie Jordan, at the South African Grand Prix, where he qualified 14th, but the gearbox failed him on lap 31. He nearly finished in second place, behind his hero and countryman, Ayrton Senna, in only his third race, but fuel problems late in the race prevented this. In 1994, he claimed his first pole position, in the wet at Spa-Francorchamps, but sadly he spun off on lap 19.

That year did see him finish third at the Pacific Grand prix, as well as five other fourth positions. Mechanical failures plagued him in 1995, but the Canadian Grand Prix saw his first second place finish. He stayed with Jordan until the 97 season when he signed with Stewart, where he still remains, bringing home the teams only points when he came second in Monaco. 1998 showed another year without success, with fifth place finishes in Spain and Canada, 9 retirements, and an injury in the aborted start at the Belgian Grand Prix preventing him from restarting, saw him end the season in 12th position with 4 points.

In 1999 he partnered Johnny Herbert and after a very promising start to the season, the car failed on many occasions, but when it didn't. Rubens put in some strong performances, even taking pole position in a wet qualifying that took all the drivers by surprise. By mid season it was one of Formula Ones worst kept secrets that he was signing with Ferrari for the 2000 season in a basic swap with Eddie Irvine.

The 2000 season was one Rubens would never forget, the year beginning full of hope to fulfill his and his country's dreams of success. His first career victory at Hockenheim is one that will remain etched not just his but all Formula one fans memories for a lifetime, the tears flowing free and easy as he stood on the top step of the podium for the very first time. His efforts throughout the season helped Ferrari clinch victory in the constructor's championship while the Brazilian finished fourth overall in the drivers battle.

Although no further victories were forthcoming in 2001, Rubens battled it out for second place in the drivers championship with McLaren driver David Coulthard but failed to pass the Scot and was forced to settle for third. In 2002 another four wins came his way, the most notorious being the one at the USGP when together with teammate Michael Schumacher the duo attempted to create history by crossing the line with the smallest gap in F1 history. It didn't work out as planned however and Rubens took the victory away from Schumacher by a narrow margin instead. 

After finishing second in the 2002 championship behind his Ferrari teammate, Rubens is once again full of hope and confidence that the new season will bring even bigger and better things. 

C A R E E R  H I G H L I G H T S

2002 Placed 2nd with 77 Points
2001 Stays with Ferrari and finishes third in the drivers' championship.
2000 His first year with Ferrari produces an emotional and popular maiden win at the German GP. He finishes 4th with 62 points in the drivers' standings.
1999 Drives for Stewart Grand Prix. 3rd in San Marino, France and Europe and seventh in the drivers' championship with 21 points.
1998 Drives for Stewart Grand Prix. 5th place in Spain and Canada. 12th in the championship.
1997 Signs for Stewart and finishes 13th in the Drivers' Championship after collecting six points in Monaco.
1996 Drives for Jordan. Finishes 8th in the World Championship after collecting 14 points over the course of the season but still loses his drive with Jordan.
1995 Drives for Jordan. Claims second place at the Canadian GP.
1994 Finishes sixth in the Drivers' Championship in his second year with Jordan. Claims his first podium finish by coming 3rd in the Pacific grand prix.
1993 Signs for Jordan, making his F1 debut at the Brazilian GP.
1992 Enjoys a mixed Formula 3000 season.
1991 Wins the British Formula Three Championship.
1990 Wins the European Formula Ford Opel title.

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