Celebratory 257 livery for Barrichello in Istanbul 07 May 2008
Hondas 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, Barrichellos car and helmet will feature a specially designed 257 livery throughout the Turkish Grand Prix weekend.
In fact, Honda have already started celebrating the Brazilians achievement. The Rubens Barrichello 257 Golf Tournament was held at Barcelonas 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 teams ex-chief mechanic Alastair Gibson and manufactured solely from components on Barrichellos 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.