x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Barrichello keen to continue

The Honda driver Rubens Barrichello says he will not be following David Coulthard into Formula One retirement just yet.

Rubens Barrichello took a surprise third place.
Rubens Barrichello took a surprise third place.

SILVERSTONE // Rubens Barrichello says he will not be following David Coulthard into Formula One retirement just yet. The Brazilian put on a superb show in his Honda to claim third spot in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone yesterday. Barrichello, 36, is likely to be the oldest driver on the circuit next season after Coulthard's exit. But after showing yet again how he can master a wet track, the 15-year F1 veteran said: "I have no intention to retire. There are no contracts signed, but I would like to stay at Honda. I love racing more than I ever did. It's fantastic to finish third. I've never lost the belief I have in me.

"I have this great feeling; it's like I'm young. It was obviously a lucky day with the weather, but I love the wet weather conditions. "It wasn't like that in my first race in karting, but I worked on it and then became a master. I love the wet and it was a perfect race for us." For Coulthard it was a disappointing day in front of his home fans. The Scot suffered misery in his final grand prix on home soil as he will quit at the end of the season. His Red Bull slid into the gravel after a collision with Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap at Priory corner.

"The visibility was incredibly bad as you can imagine," said Coulthard. "There was a clear gap down the inside, but unfortunately it was closing as I made the move. I'm sorry for Sebastian that we made contact and went into the gravel. I am extremely disappointed for this to happen at my last British Grand Prix." The BMW Sauber Robert Kubica spun out and he said: "It was a crazy race in difficult conditions."

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