Rubens Barrichello has hinted that he could enter the Indianapolis 500, despite having vowed in the past to never race on ovals.
The most experienced driver in the history of Formula 1 was speaking after his second day of testing with IndyCar squad KV Racing at Sebring on Tuesday. Prior to that test, Barrichello had always been adamant about refraining from oval racing. However, he told IndyCar.com that those previous comments were made because he never expected to have to consider racing stateside.
"I never thought I could come over to this side [of the Atlantic], because I thought I would race 25 years in Formula 1 and couldn't come this way," said Barrichello, who made his grand prix debut in 1993. "I did say that. It came out of my mouth. It is not a big issue. I could run on the road tracks; I could run [the] Indy .
"There are so many options available, and I'm thankful for the choices at age 39 and still going fast in a car. That's all I could pray for when I was a kid."
Barrichello added that he was in no hurry to make a decision about racing in IndyCar this year, although KV has made it clear that an offer is on the table for him.
"We're going to go back to Brazil, the kids are going to go back to school, and I'm sure we'll be talking about it," he said. "I'm not putting pressure on it; I have to think it through.
"I'm just a kid enjoying myself. I woke up a few times before the alarm [on Tuesday] and wondered if I was on time because I was excited to get behind the wheel."