- Rubens Barrichello at the first showcase event for S5000 in 2019 / PHOTO: supplied

Former Ferrari F1 driver Barrichello to join S5000 grid

The Brazilian hero will compete in the S5000 class at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix on March 12-15, before making his debut at Mount Panorama later in the year, driving a V8-powered S5000s in the inaugural Bathurst International on November 13-15.

Barrichello is no stranger to the Albert Park street track, finishing on the podium five times in his illustrious F1 career that spanned between 1993 and 2011. The 47 year-old holds the record for the most Grand Prix starts (322), winning 11 races, 14 pole positions and claiming 68 podium finishes.

Barrichello will drive for Team BRM at both the Grand Prix and the Bathurst International event in the same red S5000 chassis that he drove at Sandown in September last year.

Rubens Barrichello at Sandown getting into the BRM S5000 / PHOTO: supplied

Rubens Barrichello at Sandown getting into the BRM S5000 / PHOTO: supplied

And he is quite thrilled to be heading back to race in the S5000 category - “Of course, I am thrilled to be coming back to Australia, not once but twice in 2020, to continue my open wheeler career in S5000 at the two biggest and most iconic race tracks in the country – Albert Park and Bathurst,” said Rubens Barrichello.

"Sandown provided a tremendous insight into Australia’s new high-profile motorsport category for me, and I’m sure that the events at the Australian Grand Prix and then Bathurst in November, will well and truly put S5000 on the international map. "

I for one am looking forward to Rubens being back in Australia and him bringing more attention to the S5000 category in Australia.

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