In contrast with outgoing Williams driver Nico Rosberg, who said yesterday that the team was not competitive enough, Rubens Barrichello declared that he thinks Williams is a team "on the up." Williams is set to announce on Monday that Barrichello will partner Nico Hulkenberg at the Cosworth-powered team in 2010, as the outfit opts for an all new driver lineup.
Although Barrichello has drawn short of confirming that he will be heading to Williams next year, he has openly spoken in praise of the outfit – after stating that his mind was now made up about his future plans.
"Williams has always been a team that anyone would have a look at," said Barrichello in Abu Dhabi. "That is no different right now.
"Everyone would look at a position at Williams, because it is one of the best teams out there – and they are on the way up. So I am definitely looking at that."
Barrichello said that he wanted to wait until after the season had finished before announcing his future plans, but he was hopeful that the car he will get his hands on in 2010 will allow him the chance to keep fighting for wins.
His comments come despite outgoing Williams driver Nico Rosberg saying that he had decided to leave the team because he felt it could not provide him with a winning car in 2010.
Barrichello said: "I want to win. I have a lot of passion for the speed. I have a lot of passion for the overtaking, and for the things that pump me up – the challenge of winning. That is what I want.
"The three years I had at Honda were very, very difficult, but you motivate yourself and you go for it. I am very hopeful of having a very competitive car next year, so that is what I want from myself. I want to go on and keep on winning."
He added: "I'm waiting for the season to end and just to come out and tell you everything I have to say. Right now, I'm not waiting for Jenson to do this, or some others to do that. My mind is pretty well fixed, but it is not the right time to talk about that right now."