Barrichello vows to win at home

Barrichello vows to win at home

Rubens Barrichello has vowed to win in his home country of Brazil and says he will not stop racing until he does. In the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, Barrichello had a shaky start from pole position but fought back in the poor conditions to...

Rubens Barrichello has vowed to win in his home country of Brazil and says he will not stop racing until he does. In the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, Barrichello had a shaky start from pole position but fought back in the poor conditions to take the lead from McLaren's David Coulthard. With a clear track in front of him, it seemed there was nothing to stop the local hero winning his home race.

Rubens Barrichello out of the race.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Tragically for Barrichello, the Ferrari slowed then coasted to a stop at the side of the track with a fuel feed problem, leaving Rubens his ninth non-finish in front of home crowds. "I feel an enormous disappointment but I am not losing hope. I will not stop racing until I win in this country," he told Brazilian television the next day.

"I was sure that I was going to win. When I understood that something was wrong, I checked the electronic readout to know what was happening but the car stopped in such a way that there was nothing to do about it. When I learned that it was because of a fuel problem, I was even more frustrated."

Team mate Michael Schumacher faired equally badly, spinning off at the waterlogged Turn 3 to give Ferrari it's first double DNF for over four years. The team is determined to shrug off its poor start to the season, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo encouraged by lap times in the race.

"It has been a difficult year so far, we know that, but we still have time to recover," he said. "(The race) was like playing roulette, so for that reason I don't think it's right to be pessimistic."

"The best lap of the race was once again by Ferrari, with a big difference between us and the other cars, so that was encouraging. We need to learn our lessons and look forward with optimism, but also remain calm and look at ways of improving."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Luca di Montezemolo
Teams Ferrari , McLaren