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GP Week : Issue 45
> F1NEWS> Barrichello: “I’d quit!” RUBENS Barrichello has insisted he will quit rather than follow team orders at BrawnGP after questioning how he lost victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. The Brazilian took the lead at the start, but could only finish second in the race after taking one more pit stop than eventual winner Jenson Button whom the team had switched onto a two-stop strategy during the race. Barrichello, who was often the bridesmaid in his Ferrari days to Michael Schumacher, insisted that if the team thought about instilling team orders at Brawn, he would not be following them: “I’m very experienced with that,”he joked, “and if that happens I won’t follow any team orders any more. I’m making it clear now, so everybody knows.” Team-mate Jenson Button was also quick to defuse any suggestion that the team might impose team-orders. “We’re all here to win; it went my way today and it might go Rubens’way in Monaco and that’s the way it is. “He had a problem in his stint and I didn’t. I made it work and I won the race today but you know that can swing around at the next race and that’s the way we go racing and that’s the way racing should be. “I don’t ever want to go down that avenue of talking about [team-orders] because it’s so far from the situation within our team.” Brawn GP Race Team Manager Ron Meadows confirmed that the three- stopper had always been the team’s intention for the drivers: “We thought it was the faster strategy at the time,”he told GPWeek. “Unfortunately his second stint was fantastic but his third stint the tyres didn’t appear to work for him and he lost the gap.” The question in the immediate aftermath of the race was why Brawn did not keep race winner Jenson Button on the same strategy if three stops had been, to BrawnGP’s mind, the better option? “Because he’d lost the gap he needed to achieve and in a way we thought we’d cover our bets a bit,”Meadows continued. “But we were definitely of the opinion that the three stopper was faster but Jenson didn’t have the gap. Some you win and some you lose and it was a real shame for Rubens because he drove fantastically all weekend and made a real contribution towards improving the car.”