Barrichello: Ferrari Not to Blame

Rubens Barrichello has hit back at claims that Ferrari should take some of the blame for the United States Grand Prix fiasco because the team were alone in refusing to back calls for a chicane to be built prior to the final corner

Barrichello: Ferrari Not to Blame

Although every team other than Ferrari agreed on Sunday morning that a chicane should be built prior to Turn 13 in a bid to lower speeds through the banked corner for the Michelin teams, the matter never got Ferrari's approval because the Italian team believed the matter was purely the responsibility of the FIA.

And although some have therefore claimed that Ferrari should take some responsibility for the turn of events, Barrichello insists that the team were innocent and he has rubbished claims that a chicane would have been any safer.

"The circumstances made it bad day for all," said the Brazilian who finished second behind Michael Schumacher. "Looking at what's happened it seems it's all Ferrari's fault, but it isn't. A lot of people didn't seem to understand that.

"Michelin was saying that putting a chicane on the oval would have allowed for safer racing, but I don't agree with that. To put a chicane for the race, without anyone practicing with it, would have been very dangerous.

"We'd be finding the braking area in the race and that could start an accident."

When asked why then, if he believed Ferrari did the right thing, was there no celebration on the podium for the team's first victory of the season, Barrichello said: "It was a race with six cars. I'm used to things like we had in Rio, with pre-qualifying and 36 cars trying to get to the race. Now to have six cars in a race is not something that can give anyone any pleasure.

"This is not the F1 we want to see. In the US F1 is not very popular and this won't make it better."

Barrichello explained, however, that the widespread controversy over the event should be put into context - especially with some people claiming it was a tragic day for Formula One.

"It was sad but not tragic," said Barrichello "Tragic was in 1994, today it's just sad."

Ferrari's head of communications Antonio Ghini also defended the Italian team, saying the chicane option was not viable.

"If the problem encountered by Michelin at Indianapolis happened to Ferrari or to Bridgestone, with the roles swapped around the world would have come down surely," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "At best they would have told us to do the best we could.

"It's impossible and unacceptable that in F1 rules could be changed on Sunday morning, even proposing the creation of a temporary chicane in order to solve somebody's reliability problems. This way F1 becomes a farce.

"From Indianapolis it transpired with certainty that if the teams that didn't race complied to Michelin's more cautious settings, and if they limited performance, then they could have raced. But by forcing the situation in order to obtain the chicane on the banking, they engaged in an unacceptable arm wrestling match.

"Ferrari has always been legalistic, and when we've had problems with the tyres at the start of the season, we adapted to going more slowly."

shares
comments
Michelin to Continue Tyre Investigation

Previous article

Michelin to Continue Tyre Investigation

Next article

Indy "No Excuse" for Control Tyre Switch

Indy "No Excuse" for Control Tyre Switch
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari
Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021