After spending last week testing at Silverstone Rubens Barrichello hopes that Ferrari can start winning again, beginning with the two North American events next on the calendar. Ferrari has a good history at Montreal's Cirucit Gilles Villeneuve...
After spending last week testing at Silverstone Rubens Barrichello hopes that Ferrari can start winning again, beginning with the two North American events next on the calendar. Ferrari has a good history at Montreal's Cirucit Gilles Villeneuve and the famed Indianapolis track that hosts the US Grand Prix, so Barrichello is optimistic.
"I go to Canada, hoping the championship changes a bit for us and that we can start winning," said the Brazilian. "The next two tracks are ones where we are usually very strong so I go there in a positive frame of mind. I really like the atmosphere in Canada and I am enthusiastic about it."
"We are not going to Canada just to score points. We are thinking we can win. We need to see if we can get the best set-up and the best possible tyre. Renault and McLaren are very strong. But with a bit of luck and a good strategy, the car is good so if we make the right tyre choice we should be okay."
Ferrari's struggles this season have been well documented but Barrichello insists that morale remains high, despite the team being yet to score a win in 2005. "This is a team that has won in the past and knows how to win and in my opinion, we don't need much to get back to winning again," he remarked.
"Our rivals have managed to improve their cars and the way they use the tyres with the new regulations, while we have not progressed as much, compared to last year. We need to keep pushing, but we have the same commitment and work level, it is just the performance that is slightly lacking."
Many think that the championship titles are now out of Ferrari's grasp but Barrichello, unsurprisingly, does not agree with that opinion. "I think it is still possible for us to win them," he stated. "We have plenty of chance if we start winning soon."
"I don't think Renault is as dominant any more and I think McLaren is really on top at the moment. We have to see how it develops, but we must start winning races if we are to have a chance to win the championship. Our job is harder than at any other time in the recent past, but it is possible. There is always a way out of trouble."
"2003 was a difficult year but we still won. This year seems even more difficult but we are just keeping on working. If we win it or not, we have to keep working. If we are not champions, but win the last four races that means we have done a good job."