Rubens Barrichello believes that his experience at the Indianapolis 500 will help to fast-track his adaptation to IndyCar after finishing as the highest-placed rookie in his inaugural oval race.
Barrichello crossed the line in 11th place, having briefly led mid-race during a pitstop cycle, and the Formula 1 veteran said that his time at Indianapolis had taught him a lot about how to get the most out of the cars.
"I think that my experience here on the oval will help me have at least more feedback from the cars," he said. "You run on such a light downforce [setting] that I think it will help me.
"The cars are so different [to F1]. That's why I think I'm still not there competitive-wise. I think I'm doing OK, but I'm not 100 per cent just yet because the car has more boost. Being almost 200 kilos heavier, the car is more difficult for braking for me. I'm kind of a smooth driver with the way I drive. With this car, you just have to be tougher because the steering wheel is heavy.
"[But] in my life, whatever I do, whatever is right or wrong, I have fun. If I am sitting in this car, it's because I'm having fun. I've already proved to many people that I could have quit. I have a wonderful wife and kids. I could stay home in Brazil. But I still love this too much. I honestly do this because I was made to do this.
"I look forward for Detroit next week. Actually, I'm testing Milwaukee on Tuesday. It's all happening so fast. But I'm a pretty fast learner, as well, and I'm enjoying my time."