Barrichello, "Happy to be here" at Monza party

Monza, 2001-10-21 - Rubens Barrichello was one of the main attractions at the Monza party. "I am happy to be here and the fans gave me a fantastic welcome," said Rubens. "Everyone has been really nice." The party was the time to take a look back...

Monza, 2001-10-21 - Rubens Barrichello was one of the main attractions at the Monza party. "I am happy to be here and the fans gave me a fantastic welcome," said Rubens. "Everyone has been really nice."

The party was the time to take a look back at the season which has just ended. "It has been a positive year. Compared with 2000, I had a greater chance of winning and I think I have shown that the team can count on me. After the Hungarian Grand Prix I had even more support from the team and my performance improved.

Now, Ferrari knows that if Michael has a problem, I am there for them. I am proud to be his team mate, even if it is not always easy from a psychological point of view, but I am determined to do my bit. Compared with last year, I feel a lot more part of the team. When I get to a track, be it for a test or a race, the atmosphere is really good." In Rubens' opinion, Juan Pablo Montoya has been the revelation of the season. "At first the Colombian made a few mistakes, but he has improved a lot."

Rubens' plans for the next few months are simple. "I'll be working at being a dad, trying to spend as much time as possible with my family. But, I won't let myself go completely, because being fit is so important in our sport, so I am sure I will at least play some golf. Becoming a father is great and has motivated me even more. The one big change is that, now, once the race is over I want to hurry home to see Eduardo!"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari