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Barrichello sets sights on 2011

ESPNF1 Staff
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Rubens Barrichello is still enjoying life in Formula One © Getty Images

Already the longest serving driver in Formula One, Rubens Barrichello has his sights set on extending his career into a 19th consecutive season.

Barrichello will celebrate an unprecedented 300th grand prix at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium at the end of the month, and although his contract is set to expire at the end of the season, the Brazilian is confident of a contract extension.

"We have been working together on the 2011 car," Barrichello told Brazilian press. "So I think the [contract] renewal is a natural process."

Williams currently lies seventh in the constructors' standings, far from where the famous team wants to be. But recent results, including strong points scoring finishes at the Nurburgring, Silverstone and Hungary, suggest the team is heading in the right direction.

"The team has used me in the best possible way. With Williams we have 100 per cent confidence in talking about the car now. From the moment we have chosen this way, especially in the wind tunnel, everything has improved.

"It is hard to say when Williams will win again, but the trend this year has been very noticeable. The greatest pride is that my information has not only served me, but my teammate [Nico Hulkenberg] as well. We are on the right track."