Monisha Kaltenborn says Sauber never seriously considered Rubens Barrichello

"I feel a bit bad for him now," team boss admits

By Mike Wise.   Last Updated: 08/10/13 10:46am

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Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted that Rubens Barrichello was never a serious option to join Sauber next season.

The 41-year-old Brazilian, who holds the record for grand prix starts, is looking to make a comeback and was linked to the Swiss team in the run up to the Korean Grand Prix, with Kaltenborn eventually forced to end the speculation.

Speaking to Sky Sports Online, Sauber's Team Principal said their conversations had never stretched beyond the development of young drivers - a subject of obvious interest to Kaltenborn, given her team's plan to field 18-year-old Sergey Sirotkin next season.

"I respect Rubens so much for the great career he's had, for the great driver he is and person he is," she said. "I've had such nice talks with him, where we talk about young drivers, how they develop and what the challenges are.

"We never, ever discussed a race seat. Obviously I know he's looking for a seat and I've never encouraged that in any way.

"If someone tells me, I take note of it and say, 'Fine'. If there's anything, then I'll get back to them and that's it."

Kaltenborn added: "I feel a bit bad for him now because the story has got its own development and taken off on a tangent."

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