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Celebratory ‘257’ livery for Barrichello in Istanbul 07 May 2008

Honda's Rubens Barrichello with Riccardo Patrese, Rubens Barrichello 257 Golf Tournament, Real Club de Golf El Prat, Barcelona, Spain - April 2008. © Honda GP Ltd Honda RA108 of Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda Racing F1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Turkish Grand Prix, Preparations, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Thursday, 8 May 2008 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA108.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Saturday, 5 April 2008

Honda’s Rubens Barrichello will become the most experienced Formula One driver of all time this Sunday, surpassing the record of 256 Grands Prix held by Riccardo Patrese since 1993. To mark the occasion, Barrichello’s car and helmet will feature a specially designed ‘257’ livery throughout the Turkish Grand Prix weekend.

In fact, Honda have already started celebrating the Brazilian’s achievement. ‘The Rubens Barrichello 257 Golf Tournament’ was held at Barcelona’s prestigious Real Club de Golf El Prat following the recent Spanish Grand Prix.

The celebrity event saw Barrichello joined by Patrese and other VIP guests, including Honda team principal Ross Brawn, fellow drivers Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard, plus his former team boss at Stewart Grand Prix, Sir Jackie Stewart.

Providing expert advice to the players was Jose-Manuel Lara from the PGA European Tour and Paul Barrington, the 2005 World Golf Trick Shot Champion, who entertained the guests with a very impressive trick-shot display to round-off the activities.

Players had the opportunity to compete in the 18-hole tournament for a bespoke winners’ trophy designed by the Honda team’s ex-chief mechanic Alastair Gibson and manufactured solely from components on Barrichello’s RA108 car.

Following the tournament and prize-giving ceremony, the highlight of the day for Barrichello was the presentation of a Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade motorbike as a gift from the team in recognition of his record-breaking achievement.