Barrichello Admits Pushing Too Hard

Rubens Barrichello admitted on Sunday that a lapse in concentration when he was talking to his team about his drive-through penalty cost him a finish in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Barrichello Admits Pushing Too Hard

Rubens Barrichello admitted on Sunday that a lapse in concentration when he was talking to his team about his drive-through penalty cost him a finish in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Barrichello, who started from the front row alongside Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher, crept forward when the red lights were still on and was handed the penalty by the race officials.

But as he discussed the incident over the pits-to-car radio with his team bosses Jean Todt and Ross Brawn he lost control of his F2002 machine and smashed into the wall.

"We were talking about the stop go on the radio then I pushed too hard into the corner," said Barrichello. "My front tyres were running into trouble already because the track was quite dry.

"The car started to go and I put all the power on the brakes. The penalty was there but it was not really my fault. I was trying to push as hard as I could but just lost out."

Barrichello lost touch with Schumacher at the start of last season when he was hit with mechanical problems but had hoped to match his world champion teammate this season and have a chance at fighting for the title.

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