The Brazilian, the record appearance holder in the sport with 322
race starts to his name between 1993 and 2011, posted on Instagram via
his hospital bed at the start of the year.
But it is only now that he has chosen to give more details on what exactly happened.
"Suddenly I felt a sharp pain in my head," Barrichello said in an interview with Brazil's Globo.
"It seemed to be exploding, I had to fall on the ground and only
after a few minutes I managed to reach my wife Silvana to ask for help.
"I immediately realised that it was a serious problem.
"Then we called a doctor we're friends with, and fortunately he
immediately recognised the seriousness of the situation. I had
"Shortly afterwards I was already in the operating room. Later, the
doctors told me that, on average, only one in seven patients recover
from this problem.
"I was afraid that I would not be allowed to race again, but fortunately that's not the case."
Thankfully Barrichello has been able to make a full recovery.