But Sirotkin alongside team incumbent Esteban Gutierrez, 22, would constitute a very young and inexperienced lineup.
Barrichello, the 41-year-old Brazilian who lost his Williams seat at the end of 2011, would more than solve those problems.
Former Ferrari and Honda driver Barrichello is also a winner of 11 grands prix, and according to Auto Motor und Sport he has burst back into contention for a 2014 seat with a reported ‘two-digit million sum’ in personal sponsorship.
Barrichello, who has been travelling to races this year as a pundit for Brazilian television Globo, is quoted as saying: “I would only have to train my neck.
“Then I could race tomorrow,” the Paulista, who holds the record for the most grands prix ever contested by a driver, added.