Brazilian Formula 1 race car driver buys Windermere home for $1.85M
By Mike Salinero
Sep 09, 2016 | 6:19 PM
Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced Formula 1 race car driver of all time based on number of races, has purchased a lakefront home in the Waterstone area of Windermere.
Barrichello, also known as "Rubinho" in his native Brazil, purchased the two-story home on Cypress Lake for $1.85 million, according to a deed recorded Wednesday in Orange County. The co-owner on the deed is Barrichello's wife, Silvana.
Wilson Goncalves Rosa Jr. and Carla Barranco Rosa were listed as the sellers of the home. Both the buyer and seller were represented by Piquet Realty, a Brazil-based brokerage with offices in Miami, Orlando and New York.
Located in the 11000 block of Waterstone Loop Drive and built in 2014, the 5,598-square-foot house features five bedrooms and 5.5 baths, on 1.48 acres.
The master bedroom downstairs has a sitting area with a fireplace and a morning kitchen overlooking the pool and lake. The interior features cathedral vaulted ceilings throughout, and the kitchen has solid stone counters and solid-wood cabinets, according to past listings online.
Other features include a surround-sound system and retractable movie screens that can be enjoyed on the pool and patio. The pool-cabana area has a half bath and gourmet kitchen.
Barrichello, 44, is a native of Sao Paulo, where he started karting at age 9. Two years later he became Brazilian Junior Karting Champion. From 1986 to 1988 he won the Sao Paulo city and Brazilian National Karting titles every year, according to an ESPN biography.
He moved to England at age 16 to pursue his dream of becoming a F1 driver. Barrichello claimed he used his father's driver's license between races because he wasn't old enough to drive in the United Kingdom, according to ESPN.
During Barrichello's F1 career, he started 322 races, the most of any driver. He piled up 600 career points, third most in Grand Prix history.
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