Rubens Barrichello insists he is still thinking positively, despite other drivers being linked to the seat. Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado has already secured his 2012 seat with sponsorship money but there is still no word on who will partner him for the upcoming season.
German driver Adrian Sutil who was dropped by Force India in favour of Nico Hulkenburg was favourite for the seat before he was told he would stand trial for Grievous Bodily Harm in a night club in China in April. Williams quickly forgot about him.
It now seems that it will be a downright fight between the two Brazillians. Bruno Senna seems to be the most likely to get the seat, despite a huge twitter campaign, but Barrichello is not giving up hope.
“It’s taking longer than I wished for, to be honest,” the 39-year-old Brazilian told The Flying Lap.
“I have been thinking positively, have always put it this way: you’ve got to believe in things and, if they haven’t happened just yet, you have got to believe that they have happened in your mind. I am fighting for the position. I think there are two other drivers who have potential to be driving at Williams, but I feel like I am quite a good candidate and that I should be driving there.”
It seems fair that Barrichello gets one more year to say goodbye to the sport he has spent 19 years doing, seen as he did not get the goodbye he deserves at the last race at Brazil in November.
An announcement is due from Williams sometime tomorrow.