Formula 1 Grand Prix winner, and record-setter, Rubens Barrichello is set to make his 24H SERIES debut at the 2023 Hankook 12H MONZA with Belgium’s Q1 Trackracing.
Words – James Gent
Images – Ferrari Media
Grand Prix winner Rubens Barrichello is set to become the latest Formula 1 alumni to make his 24H SERIES powered by Hankook at next week’s Hankook 12H MONZA.
Barrichello, an 11-time Grand Prix winner and two-time championship runner-up, will compete with Belgium’s Q1 Trackracing – also making its debut with CREVENTIC – at the third European round of this year’s 24H SERIES. The Brazilian will drive alongside compatriots Marcos Vinicius Neves and Eduardo Menossi in the 992 class aboard the #950 Porsche 992 GT3 Cup.
While the 2023 Hankook 12H MONZA also marks Neves’ debut, Menossi makes his 24H SERIES return at the temple of speed having contested last year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI with FACH AUTO TECH and the 2022 Hankook 24H BARCELONA with Three Sixty Racing Team. He finished both, and finished the latter in the top five in 992-Am.
Barrichello joins fellow ex-F1 drivers Robert Kubica, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jean-Eric Vergne, Brendon Hartley, Pedro Lamy, Jan Magnussen, Mika Salo, and, most recently, Christian Klien, among others, by making his 24H SERIES debut.
During a 19-year career in Formula 1, Rubens Barrichello contested 326 Grand Prix, the third highest to-date and still a record for consecutive race starts. Though he made his debut with Jordan in 1993 and took the first-ever podium for Stewart Grand Prix, the Brazilian is most well-known for his six-season tenure with Ferrari, for which Barrichello took nine wins (his maiden victory at Hockenheim in 2000 from 18th is the third farthest back on the grid) and finished runner-up to seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher in both 2002 and 2004.
Barrichello took his final two wins in 2009 with Brawn GP, and after a two-year run with nine-time Constructors’ Champion Williams, walked away from F1 at the end of 2011. Following a season in IndyCar with KV Racing, Barrichello switched full-time to Brazil’s Stock Car Pro Series, securing his first championship in 2014 and his second in 2022.
The Brazilian is no stranger to endurance racing either. In 2016, he finished 2nd overall at the Daytona 24 Hours with Wayne Taylor Racing, he’s made fleeting appearances in the Porsche Endurance Cup, made his debut at the Spa 24 Hours in 2018, and even made his Ferrari return, after a 17-year absence, in a one-off outing last year in the Italian GT Championship.