Rubens Barrichello is still searching for that elusive first win this year but isn't about to predict when it may happen. Ferrari had an unsettled time the European Grand Prix last weekend but Barrichello bettered teammate Michael Schumacher for a...
Rubens Barrichello is still searching for that elusive first win this year but isn't about to predict when it may happen. Ferrari had an unsettled time the European Grand Prix last weekend but Barrichello bettered teammate Michael Schumacher for a third place podium finish. However, the Brazilian expects things to be better in France.Ferrari may be off the pace in the heat of France but Barrichello disagrees: "I expect things will be better in Magny-Cours," he stated. "I do not agree that that our package will suffer there because of the heat. I reckon we will have a good weekend in France and the new track layout should suit us."
The changes to the circuit -- a slight increase in distance, which means 70 laps this year, rather than 72, and alterations to the Chateau D'Eau and the last corner before the pit straight -- have of course been taken into consideration.
"Our engineers have done computer simulations of the new layout, but we will have to learn that for real on Friday," said Barrichello. "I have heard that the changes mean it will be hard on braking, but we will have to wait and see. But I don't think we will see a repeat of the brake problems we had in Canada. The track is enjoyable to drive. It was not so easy to overtake, but it is fun to drive."
As for the back-to-back races, just a week apart, Rubens would rather have more races and less testing as it's less work. "To be honest, I would be happy to have more races and less testing, as we do more miles in testing," he said. "So, physically and mentally, it is absolutely no problem having two races just a few days apart."
Barrichello is currently sixth in the title fight and believes Ferrari's direct competitors are stronger this season. He hopes that win will come soon but is enjoying the close fight. "I'm still searching for my first win this season. It's going to be tough and finishing races is what counts," he commented.
"It is obvious that our nearest rivals and their tyre supplier have made a step forward this year, but this season is so hard to predict. Look back to the Spanish GP for example, where surprisingly it was Renault which seemed to have a very competitive package. It is all very close and, in a way, it's interesting and enjoyable."