A thought from Melbourne…
So it struck me today that, for the first time in 19 years, and for the first time in my recollection, Rubens Barrichello’s name does not appear above a pit garage. This makes me sad.
I’ll keep this brief, because there’s not too much to say that is yet to be said. The story is well known – Barrichello lost his seat at Williams, and (seemingly) his quest for an unprecedented nineteenth Formula One season because his team needed money more than it needed experience. Fair enough.
It just seems bizarre to me that Rubens shouldn’t be here in Melbourne. For as long as I can remember – and for certainly as long as I’ve been involved in Formula One – he’s been constant. Like a rock, if you will. Some drivers come and go, but not Rubens. Never Rubens. Or so I felt, anyway. Sadly, I was proven wrong.
We never had the chance to say goodbye, either. Such a shame. Farewell, Rubens. Good luck.
He’s off trying his hand at IndyCar now. Will he be successful? I’ve no idea. I’m sure he’ll do a decent job of it – you don’t hang around Formula One for as long as he did without being a quality driver. I do think. though, that Indy will be a better sport for the inclusion of Rubens’ character, which will be missed in our paddock.