Barrichello to Caterham? UPDATE #2 (GMM) Rubens Barrichello has dismissed as "just rumors" suggestions he could return to formula one next year with Caterham.
The veteran was bitterly disappointed to end his record-setting grand prix career at the end of last year, but was conspicuously present for the last two races of the 2012 season, in the US - where he has been racing Indycars in 2012 - and his native Brazil.
Asked about the Caterham rumors doing the rounds at Interlagos, the 40-year-old told Brazil's Tazio: "It's just rumors.
"It always happens. In F1 they're always searching for information that does not exist.
"I'm calm and my future belongs to god. I certainly hope to be driving something competitive (in 2013), but it is still too early to tell."
The rumors had gained strength when Barrichello was seen in the Caterham pits.
"It was just to visit with Heikki Kovalainen," he insisted to Totalrace.
Actually, Caterham's eleventh-hour return to the top ten in the constructors' championship has probably boosted Finn Kovalainen's chances of staying put.
Faced with the loss of crucial Concorde Agreement income, the team has been considering replacing its salaried 'number 1' with a pay-driver like Giedo van der Garde.
Kovalainen said after the Brazilian grand prix: "For the future, everything is still open. Nothing is for sure," he is quoted by the Finnish MTV3 broadcaster.
"Let's see what we can do, but it looks bad."
11/25/12 Brazil's tazio.com.br website reported on Saturday that Barrichello's presence at the Brazilian GP might not be just for show, and that behind the scenes he's rumored to be in talks with Caterham about a possible race seat in 2013. The website's sources stated that Barrichello was the preferred option of the new Caterham boss, Cyril Abiteboul.
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The website's report did not cite any sources or publish any direct quotes to support the assertion.
As recently as Friday, Barrichello insisted that he wasn't at this weekend's race seeking a new seat in F1: "I came here to enjoy [the race], not to speak of the future," he told the press, adding that he still felt very much a part of the F1 world. "But otherwise, I'm happy." 11/25/12 Unconfirmed rumors are swirling on Twitter that Rubens Barrichello, who spent one year in IndyCar, could land a ride with the Caterham F1 team.