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Brawn says Barrichello just frustrated

Rubens BarrichelloTeam boss Ross Brawn has downplayed the significance of Rubens Barrichello's comments after the German Grand Prix.

Barrichello accused his team of having lost him the race with the strategy and the problems during one of his pitstops.

The angry Brazilian added that he did not want to hear excuses.

"To be honest, I wish I could just get on a plane and go home now. I don't want to talk to anyone in the team, because it would be a lot of bla, bla, bla, bla... And I don't want to hear that. I'm just terribly upset," he said.

Brawn, however, believes Barrichello's comments came in the heat of the moment and said the Brazilian had moved on already.

"I think that is a frustrated racing driver," said Brawn. "When you put so much into a race and it hasn't worked out, then that is what you get sometimes.

"If you get out of the car thinking you should have won the race and you haven't got all the facts, then that can happen. Now he has the facts and understands what happens, he is fine."

The team boss also reckons Barrichello will understand he just wasn't fast enough to win the race.

"It's a passion some drivers have," he added. "But I want to have a look at exactly what he said and be clear, but he understands now what happened in the race. Rubens had the 11th fastest time in the race today.

"You cannot win a race, whatever strategy you have, if your best lap is only 11th quickest. It is just not possible. Those are the facts.

"Once he calms down, the problems we have is to go quicker. Today we were not quick enough and we have to respond because if we don't we will throw the championship away."

He added: "I will understand the whole situation first before we say anything. In the heat of the moment these things happen. We want to understand the whole picture and what he said.

"Rubens has been a very important member of the team. He stuck with the team through very difficult times, he has a lot of loyalty to the team and that is not something that will be destroyed with a few frustrated words after a race."

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