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GP Week : Issue 105
RUBENS Barrichello, not for the first time this season, had plenty to say about his old Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher following qualifying at the Korean Grand Prix. Rubens was incensed after Schumacher blocked the Williams driver during Q2 and although both made it through to the third and final session, the Brazilian was in no mood to accept Schumacher’s apparent apology in the press bullpen afterwards. “He just came to apologise in a way that the team didn’t tell him (I was there), but I was on a fast lap and you know you have mirrors and you have everything and you cannot count on everything from the team,” he said. “I am a little bit sad about the situation because it is only luck that I passed on to Q3 because he really slowed me down.” Barrichello and Schumacher clashed in the closing stages of the Hungarian Grand Prix when Schumacher, struggling on worn tyres, defended vigorously from a faster Barrichello who was on new tyres and low fuel, almost forcing the Williams into the pitwall at close to 170mph. “I am a down-to-earth guy, a very cool guy, which means I have a lot of respect even for the slowest cars and to the quickest ones,” added Rubens. “So we all make mistakes and we are allowed to make a mistake and to apologise. I don’t want it to become very personal. We had problems in the past, we still have problems in some situations like in Hungary.” Barrichello slams Schumacher F1 NEWS >> BERNIE Ecclestone has accused F1’s team bosses of ‘stupidity’ in focusing solely on their quest for victory without considering the impact on F1’s global appeal. Ecclestone feels that rather than attempting to shape the sport’s rules in favour of their teams, team management should simply worry about getting their own houses in order. “ What is good for Formula One is good for everybody involved – teams and companies,” he said. “ Too many people only think about what is good for them. It’s the same with the rules – they only think about what can make them win. They should probably all see that they run their own businesses properly and not worry about others,” added the FOM boss. Bernie denied that he thought the team bosses’ egos were the issue: “I wouldn’t call it ego but stupidity. They should think about the whole global side of it. All the teams are very competitive and want to win, which I support completely, but they need to want to win on level terms and not try to get a big advantage. If they get an advantage because somebody designs a better car or they have a better driver or strategy, then super. But they should not try to devise things so that they can go in knowing that they have an advantage.” Bernie blasts team bosses ‘stupidity’ Our exclusive partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes means you can stay in the centre of the F1 action when you book a Grand Prix weekend package. For more information or to book, please visit hiltonracing.com Click here to book your 11