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“This time I’ll be doing something that I haven’t done in 20 years, which is to watch a race here from outside of the track,” the 40-year-old Brazilian said.

Barrichello raced 19 years in F1 before losing his seat at Williams at the end of the 2011 season. He twice finished second in the drivers’ championship as Michael Schumacher’s teammate at Ferrari.

Known as a specialist on the wet, Barrichello said he hoped for bad weather in Sunday’s season-ending race.

“If it rains and someone wants me to go out and test the car, I’ll be more than happy to do it,” Barrichello said.

Barrichello raced at IndyCar this season but it remains uncertain whether he will be back next season.

“I’m negotiating with a few teams but it’s still too early to know what’s going to happen,” he said.

Barrichello also made guest appearances at a Brazilian stock car series earlier this month and returning to Brazil to race full time also remains an option.

Local media even published unconfirmed reports that he is negotiating a seat in F1 next season, possibly with team Caterham.


CELEBRITY STATUS: Former Brazil soccer star Ronaldo caused a stir when he showed up at the Formula One paddock at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Members of several teams took a break from their work to take a close look at the striker who helped Brazil win the 1994 and the 2002 World Cups. Several team members even asked for a photo with Ronaldo, who retired a few years ago and currently works with sports marketing.

He met F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone earlier this week to help promote a book about the series.


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