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Barrichello BAR bound for 2006 16 Aug 2005

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 22 July 2005

BAR have revealed that Rubens Barrichello will be joining the team in a multi-year deal from 2006. Barrichello’s departure from Ferrari at the end of this season was announced earlier this month.

"I am very excited to confirm that I will be joining BAR Honda in 2006,” said the Brazilian. “I wish to thank everyone at Ferrari for six fantastic years. I have won many races with them and I am proud to have helped the team, to date, to win five Constructors' World Championships. However my target remains winning the Drivers' title and to achieve that I felt that I needed a renewed motivation.

“I have been watching BAR Honda's progress for some time and have been struck by the spirit and determination of a team that has all the right ingredients to win races and go on to win World Championships. I can't think of anything more exciting than working with the team and Honda to achieve our shared ambitions together. Obviously I have a job to do at Ferrari until the end of the season, but I am very happy about the fantastic times that I know still lie ahead."

With Jenson Button’s future at BAR still unclear, it remains to be seen who will be Barrichello’s team mate next season. However, BAR CEO Nick Fry was delighted to welcome such an experienced driver. Barrichello has scored 482 points from 212 Grands Prix, won nine races and taken 61 podiums.

"Signing Rubens represents another exciting milestone in BAR Honda's development and in Rubens' own career,” said Fry. “This is a strong and successful team that is determined to achieve its World Championship ambitions and we are confident that these will be realised soon. Rubens is not only an excellent driver, but he has the experience of building a race and Championship winning team and these skills are very important as we work to take BAR Honda to the next level.

“The fact that we have developed so quickly to become an attractive proposition to drivers of Rubens' standing is a fantastic credit to the team. We are delighted that Rubens recognises our enormous potential and wishes to help us realise our dream in the not too distant future. I would also like to thank Ferrari for all of their cooperation in allowing Rubens to join us next year."

Barrichello will be replaced at Ferrari by Sauber's Felipe Massa.