Barrichello ordered to play second fiddle

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo will not let Rubens Barrichello make a bid for the Formula 1 World Championship, despite the Brazilian being only 10 points behind team mate Michael Schumacher

Barrichello ordered to play second fiddle

Barrichello closed the gap to championship leader Schumacher after scoring his maiden GP win at Hockenheim, but must now spend the rest of the season supporting the German, who is fighting to secure his third world championship.

"Anyone who thinks Schumacher and Barrichello will battle amongst themselves is watching the wrong film," said di Montezemolo. "As long as I am in charge at Ferrari, the drivers will never be in competition with each other.

"Barrichello hasn't suddenly become a phenomenon," he continued. "He is doing what we expected of him - he is here to serve Ferrari, like Schumacher did last year in Malaysia when we asked him to."

The Brazilian was overjoyed at scoring his maiden GP victory and made a tearful tribute to late countryman Ayrton Senna in the post race press conference. His status as number two driver has been demonstrated twice already this season as he held station behind Schumacher for a Ferrari one-two in Canada and moved over for the German at the first corner in Austria.

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