Rubens Barrichello is determined to score more victories in 2002 and says the day he loses his motivation is the day he will stop competing. Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher with the new Ferrari F2002. Photo by Ferrari Media ...
Rubens Barrichello is determined to score more victories in 2002 and says the day he loses his motivation is the day he will stop competing.
"Every year I get more motivated," he said, "it's going to start all over again, in Brazil they'll say he's motivated and he's going to win and the pressure will rise again and everything will start all over again. But I don't care any more what people will say or have said. For me it is just be yourself, drive the car doing the best I can and hoping for better results. Last year I went through a bad period, to reach the top of the mountain and come back again. Austria was a tough test for my mind -- it was so early in the season to be asked to let Michael go. But I survived it okay and I am prepared for anything this season."
Barrichello only has one win to his name, Hockenheim 2000 when he took the victory in bad weather conditions along with the unexpected event of a protester wandering on to the track. Being team mate to four time champion Michael Schumacher is not an easy task but Barrichello is proud to work with him even if he knows he is a long way off his team mate's achievments.
"I am proud to be driving alongside him (Michael Schumacher). I am not far away in terms of speed. In terms of results yes but we have had completely different careers altogether. But I know that if I can beat the guy then I am doing a really good job," said the Brazilian. "Maybe for some people it is very difficult for them to believe what I say. But I keep on saying the day that I wake up not thinking that I can win the race is the day that I give up, the time to stop."