Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Gonçalves Barrichello is a Brazilian racing driver who competed in Formula One between 1993 and 2011.

Rubens Barrichello in a file photo (image credits: twitter)
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Rubens Gonçalves Barrichello is a Brazilian racing driver who competed in Formula One between 1993 and 2011. Barrichello was born on 23 May 1972 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The paternal side of his family comes from Veneto, Italy. His maternal side of the family is of Portuguese origin. Both his father and paternal grandfather are also named Rubens, and Barrichello shares his father’s birthday: 23 May. Therefore, Rubens Barrichello was known as Rubinho (Portuguese for “little Rubens”), which has become his nickname. He scored 11 Grand Prix wins and 68 podiums.

Barrichello drove for Ferrari from 2000 to 2005, as Michael Schumacher’s teammate, finishing as championship runner-up in 2002 and 2004, and third in 2001, while contributing to five constructors’ titles for the team. At the end of 2005 Barrichello left Ferrari to drive for Honda. In 2009, he finished third in the Drivers’ Championship for Brawn GP, as his teammate Jenson Button won the driver’s championship, and the team won the constructors’ title. He was also appointed chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association in 2010. Barrichello last raced in F1 in the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix. 

Rubens Barrichello before F1 

Rubens Barrichello started karting at a very young age. Barrichello won five karting titles in Brazil before going to Europe to race in the Formula Vauxhall Lotus series in 1990. In his first year, he won the championship, a feat he replicated the following year in the British Formula 3 Championship, beating David Coulthard. He very nearly joined Formula One, the highest category of single seater racing, at just 19 years of age. Instead he competed in Formula 3000 in 1992. He finished third in the championship, and joined the Jordan Formula One team for the 1993 Formula One season. During this time, and also early in his Formula One career, Barrichello lived in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

F1 Debut and Team

The Brazilian driver joined the Jordan Formula One team for the 1993 Formula One season. The 1993 South African Grand Prix was his first Formula One entry. In Barrichello’s third race, the European Grand Prix, he started from 12th place in very wet conditions but was fourth by the end of the first lap. He ran as high as second and was running third, having passed the Williams of Damon Hill and Alain Prost, before encountering a fuel pressure problem. Jordan’s reliability in 1993 was poor, and he finished a few races. 

Barrichello regularly outpaced his more experienced teammates, Ivan Capelli and Thierry Boutsen. In the French Grand Prix, he almost scored his first Grand Prix point (and the team’s first that year) but Michael Andretti passed him on the final lap for the sixth and final points-scoring position. His only points finish of the season came at the Japanese Grand Prix with fifth place, ahead of his new teammate Eddie Irvine. These 2 points put him in 18th place in the standings.

Formula 1 Career Stats


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Rubens Barrichello Net Worth 

According to reports, Rubens Barrichello net worth is approximately $100 Million as of 2022. He made his million dollar fortune with Williams F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, Honda F1 Team. His racing career earnings are the major contributor to his wealth. Rumors suggest he has earned 107 million dollars just as prize money. He has got 11 million dollars as endorsement deal. There was a time when he was a top-three race car driver for 5 consecutive years. 

Who is Rubens Barrichello’s Ex Wife

Barrichello married Silvana Giaffone on 24 February 1997. She is a cousin of Brazilian Indy Car driver Felipe Giaffone and a niece of the Stock Car Brasil champions, Affonso Giaffone Filho and Zeca Giaffone. The couple had two sons together Eduardo Barrichello in 2001 and Fernando Barrichello in 2005. The couple parted ways and got divorced in 2019. 

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