On the eve of a two day test programme at Mugello, Rubens Barrichello gave this exclusive interview to Ferrari World, the company's official web site. Once again, in this early part of the season, Rubens has had to reflect on an unlucky race. In...
On the eve of a two day test programme at Mugello, Rubens Barrichello gave this exclusive interview to Ferrari World, the company's official web site.
Once again, in this early part of the season, Rubens has had to reflect on an unlucky race. In Barcelona, the Brazilian driver was unable to get away at the start of the formation lap. "The car moved to start with," explained the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver. "But then there was some sort of electrical problem, the final consequence of which was to damage the gearbox. There was nothing I could do but watch the others fly off the grid. I am sure the team will have identified exactly what happened in order to be sure the problem does not repeat itself in the future."
While the easiest thing would have been to jump in a car and leave the circuit, Barrichello did the professional thing and remained at the track to see how the race evolved. "I stayed until the very end, because I wanted to see how Michael's car behaved," said the Brazilian. "I watched and paid attention to everything that was going on although it was not much fun watching from outside the cockpit. Initially, I was trying to see the positive side of my situation, because it was very difficult to find anything good to say after an afternoon like that. The positive side was that Michael was cruising and the car looks very, very good. I am sure that I just have to stick at it and the good times will come my way too. Imola was okay and Barcelona was just unlucky."
Disbelief rather than disappointment was Barrichello's main emotion as he was forced to get out of the F2002 in the Barcelona garage. "Even Michael seemed amazed that I had yet another technical problem and it was nice to see him acknowledge that in the press conference after the race," said Rubens. "He has won three out of three races with the new car and in Brazil no one was expecting that. Since that race, he seems to have made it look easy."
"For me, the first time I drove F2002 in Imola it was fantastic and I had a really good Friday and Saturday in Barcelona. So the positive point is the car. Now I am going to do a couple of days testing in Mugello, with some work in preparation for the next race in Austria. So, I have stayed in Europe for a change. Not that I mind going home to Brazil when I have a longer break, because over the years, I seem to have developed an immunity to jet lag!"