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Barrichello extends Ferrari deal 14 Jan 2004

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England, 19 July 2003

Rubens Barrichello will drive for Ferrari until at least the end of 2006 after signing a new deal with the Italian team, it was revealed on Wednesday.

"Ferrari announces that it has extended its agreement with the driver Rubens Barrichello to cover the 2005 and 2006 racing seasons," said the team in a press release.

"I'm very proud, I have done this at the right moment in my career and it is another step forward," Barrichello told a press conference. "Clearly Ferrari are happy with my work and I am happy here with Ferrari. Another two years is not just a question of security because there is still a lot of work to do."

The contract extension means that Ferrari's driver and key technical line-up will remain unchanged for the next three seasons. Michael Schumacher, technical director Ross Brawn, managing director Jean Todt and chief designer Rory Byrne are all committed to the Maranello squad until 2006.

Barrichello joined Ferrari for the 2000 season and since then his partnership with Schumacher has proved the most successful in Formula One racing. He has won a total of seven races for the team and finished fourth in the 2003 drivers' championship, with victories in the British and Japanese Grands Prix.