Rubens Barrichello has joined KV Racing to compete in the IndyCar series this season.
After losing his seat at Williams in Formula One, Barrichello tested twice for KV Racing, and apparently impressed them well enough to secure a race seat.
After a long Formula One career, Barrichello would be forgiven for thinking about retirement, but his experience and enthusiasm for racing have resulted in this new partnership that could bring surprising results. After 19 years in F1, he undoubtedly knows how to compete at the highest level, and should prove to be a valuable member of KV Racing’s team.
Historically, the switch from Formula One to IndyCar is easier than the other way round. Nigel Mansell won the Indy title at his first attempt in 1993 after becoming Formula One World Champion the previous year. Whether Barrichello will have the same sort of success in Indy remains to be seen, but he should be competitive quite quickly.
The IndyCar series kicks off on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida on 25 March.