Amid a winter of uncertainty, Rubens Barrichello has revealed he preferred radio silence to addressing the speculation about his waning hopes of continuing his formula one career.

Amid a winter of uncertainty, Rubens Barrichello has revealed he preferred radio silence to addressing the speculation about his waning hopes of continuing his formula one career.

The 36-year-old Brazilian last year broke the all-time record for grand prix race starts, but even after the withdrawal of the Brackley based team's owner Honda, rumours favoured Bruno Senna to take his seat in 2009.

"My friends, the last four months I preferred silence," he wrote in Portuguese in his official website column.

"There were people saying I was finished, saying nobody wanted me, and even someone who said Bruno Senna signed for three years, an absurd attempt of a desperate (reporter) to write without any basis or source," the Brazilian said.

"What is important is that I relied on my faith, I worked hard physically and only talked with the team's staff.

"To say now that I was sure that the (2008) Brazil GP would not be my last race is too much, but something told me that it was not.

"I admit that I had to do a lot of listening, but it only left me stronger.

"I am starting the year very anxiously, we only have a couple of tests before the first race, but the car is going to be fast and with a great Mercedes engine," said Barrichello.

 

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