Barrichello wary of McLaren

Michael Schumacher has voiced his opinion that Williams will be the ones to watch this year, but team mate Rubens Barrichello thinks McLaren will be the danger. The Woking team were very stong in testing this week, keeping Williams firmly behind...

Michael Schumacher has voiced his opinion that Williams will be the ones to watch this year, but team mate Rubens Barrichello thinks McLaren will be the danger. The Woking team were very stong in testing this week, keeping Williams firmly behind them and Barrichello says people should not write them off.

"A lot of people are talking about Williams but I am more concerned about McLaren." He said. "They seem to have been forgotten about, but they have gone two years without winning the championship and will want to put that right. Adrian Newey is sure to have produced a very strong car.” Although it has been discussed that new McLaren signing Kimi Raikkonen may be out of his depth in a top team, so far he seems to be unfazed. Barrichello compares him to Jenson Button, who had a great first year at Williams but floundered at Benetton last season.

“ Raikkonen seems to be a good driver but we will have to see what he will do under pressure. It's a bit like Jenson Button - he was thoroughly impressive in his first season but then had a terrible (second) year."

Button may have had a bad time at Benetton but they were not as good a team as Williams -- Raikkonen has gone from what turned out to be a good team to an even better one and may be as much a threat as double world champion Mika Hakkinen whom he replaced.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Mika Hakkinen , Kimi Raikkonen , Adrian Newey
Teams McLaren , Williams , Benetton