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Barrichello has 'good feeling' after IndyCar test

ESPNF1 Staff
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Rubens Barrichello tested a KV Racing IndyCar on Monday © Sutton Images

Rubens Barrichello said he enjoyed his first IndyCar test with KV Racing, but has not yet made a commitment to racing in the US series this year.

Barrichello, who has lost his F1 seat at Williams to Bruno Senna this year, completed 94 laps at Sebring and, according to the team, was posting competitive lap times by the end of the day.

"I had a very very nice day with KV Racing Technology," Barrichello said. "In the morning I was getting used to the car and not doing anything silly because obviously you don't want to put it in the wall. It's a different machine from what I'm used to, but it had a good feeling.

"Whatever happens for the future, which might change, all I said at the beginning was I want [co-owners] Kevin [Kalkhoven], Jimmy [Vasser] and Tony [Kanaan] to remember when we were here at Sebring, 'Rubens tried that and it was really good and made us go faster, so let's try that again for this circuit'.

"So, I've had a very good and productive day behind the wheel and with all the setup options that I have tried, I think it went well. You could call me a rookie, even though I've had 33 years doing this job, but today I was an IndyCar rookie. "

Barrichello was introduced to KV Racing by his friend and current team driver Tony Kanaan, who said he had been impressed by the ex-Williams driver.

"Well, there really isn't much to say," said Kanaan. "The guy comes here for the first time and after 20 laps he's already running the same lap times as me! His knowledge and experience helped confirm some ideas that we had for this test, so it was very productive having Rubens around."

KV team co-owner Jimmy Vasser added: "On behalf of Kevin (KVRT co-owner Kevin Kallkhoven) and everyone here at KV Racing Technology, I can say that we are all very pleased with today's test. The entire team did an excellent job. This was Ruben's first time in an IndyCar and I think he enjoyed himself. Certainly, we had a lot of fun working with him. Most importantly, if he is going to have this kind of effect on Tony we are going to have to figure out a way to keep him around."