Autosport reports today that Riccardo has admitted he will feel a tinge of sadness in Turkey this weekend when Rubens Barrichello takes away his record as the most experienced driver in Formula One history. Barrichello will compete in his 257th F1 race in Istanbul and, although there remains some controversy over his exact number of official starts, most accept that the Brazilian will overhaul Patrese's long-standing record of 256 starts.
And although Patrese is delighted for Barrichello, he has confessed that he will feel a bit unhappy at losing a record he has held since the 1993 Australian Grand Prix.
"I will feel some sadness, of course," Patrese told autosport.com about seeing Barrichello overhaul his record.
"I was pleased to keep the record, but records are there to be beaten - and the only thing I can say is that I congratulate Rubens for doing it.
"He has had a long career and this record means that if you can survive in Formula One for so many years, then it means you did well - and everything you did was appreciated by the people who worked with you."