I hope you are as delighted as me to see from recent testing times that Rubens Barrichello’s F1 career, instead of going out with a whimper, now shows strong signs of continuing with a roar.

I have always considered him generally underrated and, occasionally, outstanding. After all, how many other team-mates did Michael Schumacher have who could genuinely and consistently match his pace?

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Indeed some of the greatest drives of the modern F1 era have belonged to Rubens and the only reason we don’t rate them more highly today is because they were usually overshadowed by other stuff.

His performance in the rain at Monaco in an uncompetitive Stewart in 1997 reduced his team-owner to tears in the pit-lane, and would have been remembered as one of the drives of all time had he come first, rather than second.