Rubens Barrichello on life after 300
This year will mark Rubens Barrichello's 19th consecutive Formula 1 campaign, and when the lights go out in Bahrain it will be for the start of his 308th grand prix. Adam Cooper spoke to the spritely Brazilian to find out why at 38, Rubens is as hungry as ever
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.
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