Rubens Barrichello: Legendary Method 1 driver claims his canine died after consuming 11 cigarettes… and factors the finger on the culprits

Rubens Barrichello, a Method 1 driver from 1993 to 2011 who received 11 Grands Prix, is devastated after the demise of his canine Speedy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, after consuming 11 cigarette butts that ended up fatally damaging his abdomen.

“My Speedy, you went too quickly, my pal. I can solely be grateful for the enjoyment that was our journey collectively. I’ll love you ceaselessly,” Barrichello shared.

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Barrichello blames people who smoke

The previous Ferrari, Honda and Williams driver believes his canine Speedy consumed cigarette butts, which can have been smoked by different canine house owners, throughout a stroll.

“At some point my son went to see Speedy and noticed that there have been a number of cigarette butts. His abdomen was torn and he developed a illness that prevented his physique from creating an important protein…. He might not eat. He had bloody diarrhoea and began to say no,” defined the 51-year-old Brazilian driver.

Driver Felipe Massa prolonged his condolences to the two-time Method 1 World Championship runner-up (2002 and 2004): “My condolences. I can solely think about what you’re going via.”

Barrichello, the third most-capped Grand Prix driver in Method 1 historical past, suggested canine house owners to be extra accountable when smoking and throwing their cigarettes on the bottom: “We take the canine’s poo in a bag and throw it within the bin, so it might be well mannered if individuals who smoke additionally had this angle? I’m enthusiastic about canines. I do not converse sick of anybody.”

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