August 26, 2010
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As Rubens Barrichello stars his 300th Grand Prix this weekend, the Williams team decided to commemorate his achievement. At an event in Spa-Francorchamps today, he was presented with a medal from Bernie Ecclestone, a poster showing his years in Formula 1, and a specially made Williams bike.
He was later shown a video of his career to date, and burst into tears.
Here are just a few stats from his amazing career, starting way back in 1993:
- To date, he has scored 637 Formula 1 points.
- At the 1994 Belgian Grand Prix, he became the youngest ever pole position driver, at 22 years and 97 days.
- Earlier that year, he had became the second youngest driver on the podium, at the Pacific Grand Prix, at 21 years and 329 days, only a week older than the former record holder, Bruce McLaren.
- It took him 123 races to take his first victory, at Hockenheim in 2000. At that same race, he went to 3rd in the ranking of “Wins from farthest back on the grid”, as he started 18th.
- In the 2004 season, he took 14 podiums out of 18 races. The only drivers who have ever beaten this are Michael Schumacher (2001,2002,2004), Fernando Alonso (2005) and Alain Prost (1988).
- He has finished 134 races in the points, a record only beaten by Michael Schumacher.
- He has led at least 1 lap of 51 different Grands Prix.
- He currently holds the record for longest time between first and last podium positions. His first podium was in the 1994 Pacific GP, and his last (to date) was Italy last year.
Here are some photos from today’s event:
Rubens Barrichello receives a medal from Bernie Ecclestone
He later bursts into tears after watching a video of his career
A poster of Rubens Barrichello's career
Rubens and some of the other F1 drivers