While Michael Schumacher was in the FIA press conference, having won the last race at Silverstone, his Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team-mate Rubens Barrichello was in the team's media bus with another group of journalists and that race at...
While Michael Schumacher was in the FIA press conference, having won the last race at Silverstone, his Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team-mate Rubens Barrichello was in the team's media bus with another group of journalists and that race at Silverstone was the first topic. "The British GP was a good race for me, but it was not outstanding as, this year, everything has gone well and the car has been fantastic. I hope I go even better this weekend," began the Brazilian.
Naturally, the possibility of Schumacher taking the title here was also on the agenda. "We have not spoken with the team about what might happen if we are running first and second in the race," stated Rubens. "Just like any other race, we have talked about the tyres and the car. Now we must wait and see what we can do. I am very calm at the start of a weekend when I want to my best for myself and for the team. But I always think about winning as I cannot approach it any other way. I don't think that Michael winning the title here will make me stronger for the rest of the season. As a team we have only talked about this race in technical matters, not in terms of the championship."
Barrichello then went into further technical detail about the Magny-Cours track. "There are several quick corners, so you need a good aerodynamic balance," he explained. "You also need a car which is kind to the rear tyres, because on this track they run the risk of running hot when they wear."
Finally, Barrichello was asked if he felt any envy towards Michael. "Absolutely not," he insisted. "I am not an envious sort of person. 2000 was a difficult season for me as I had a lot to learn. Then in 2001 I made progress and have continued to do so even more this year. I am proud of my career and proud of being so close to Michael in performance terms when you consider he has beaten all the records. It is not easy to do that with a driver who is so quick and so well established within the team. It is true I had some problems which prevented me scoring points at the beginning of the season, but I am very happy with what I have done. I have a very good relationship with the team who have never put me under any pressure to perform, for example bysaying I have a certain number of races to prove myself."