Massa advises Barrichello to quit

By on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Brazilian drivers Rubens Barrichello of Williams and Felipe Massa of Ferrari

In an interview with Brazil's Globo Esporte, Felipe Massa advised fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello to retire at the end of the 2011 Formula One season. Barrichello is currently facing uncertainty regarding his future with the Williams team, with several drivers currently in the running for his seat, such as 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, Force India driver Adrian Sutil and Williams test driver Valterri Bottas.

"The advice I gave to him was to retire. In my opinion, Rubens has had an incredible career in Formula One, he has driven for the best teams and won races. Many drivers would like to have the career he had. I did not say 'you should retire, you're old'. It is because of his team and everything that is happening in the sport. There are 12 teams there, and six of them are asking for money from its drivers. Based on the career that Rubens has had, I cannot see it ending this way, having to pay to race in F1," said Massa.

Barrichello is currently still without a contract for 2012, although he is still determined to extend his Formula One career into a twentieth consecutive season next year. He has already admitted to the O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper that he has been working hard behind the scenes looking for sponsors.

“My desire to continue in Formula One is such that in the last two months I visited more companies than I did in 1990, when I was looking for sponsors to race overseas,” Barrichello said.

However, Massa is also quoted by O Estado de S.Paulo: "At 40 years old, he does not need it. He should make the announcement now that he is going to stop.

"If his idea to find investors fails, what is he going to do? Announce in February that he is leaving F1?"

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