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GP Week : Issue 2
26 IN a cruel twist of fate, Rubens Barrichello’s sterling drive at the Australian Grand Prix resulted in his exclusion from the race. The Brazilian had been looking set for almost certain points having driven a cool and collected race, but an irreversible set of circumstances did for any hope he had of collecting the points his drive had so richly deserved. “Shortly after we called Rubens in for the second of two planned pit-stops, Timo Glock had a crash and the Safety Car was deployed,” HRF1 Team Principal Ross Brawn said after the race. “We had no alternative but to continue to bring him in because he was out of fuel, although we realised that the pit-lane was going to be closed due to the safety car and that this would result in a 10s stop-go penalty. “During the pit-stop the lollipop was lifted just a fraction early while the fuel hose was just coming off the car. “After the pit-stop Rubens exited the pit-lane when the lights were still red and obviously this is in breach of the regulations. A tough set of circumstances after an otherwise very committed drive by Rubens.” Barrichello’s breach of regulations in the first instance led to a 10s stop- go penalty, but his second offence was dealt with far stronger with exclusion from the race. “Although the final result of today’s race is so disappointing, I’m really pleased with my performance and that we were able to get the best out of the car,” Barrichello reflected. “It was a crazy race today and I lost control of the front damper after the first pit stop, so my race was more difficult from there. It’s tough to finish the day like this.” Honda’s dream shattered in Australia