Rubens Barrichello created a bit of history in 2010 when he made his 300th Grand Prix start in Belgium. In his 19th season - he turns 39 in May - he will continue to extend this extraordinary record.
Life was always going to be something of a come down after the previous season with Brawn, when he showed that he could still win races. Last year was very much a rollercoaster year for Williams, and in a very competitive field the team was only occasionally able to fight Renault and Mercedes in the battle for best of the rest behind the three title challengers.
But there were days when things fell into place and we saw a tigering performance from the Brazilian veteran, highlighted by a fourth in Valencia. In the end he made the points 10 times and finished 10th in the title race, which was a respectable outcome. Of course he wanted more, and so did Williams.
"When you sign for a team you never think it's not going to be a good year," says Rubens. "Because it could be, something brilliant could happen, and you just drive a better car and that's it.
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