Barrichello responds to Piquet slur

Rubens Barrichello has responded to Nelson Piquet's suggestion that he has 'no chance' of beating Michael Schumacher at Ferrari next season

Barrichello responds to Piquet slur

'Nelson probably knows all about that (being beaten by Schumacher) because they were team-mates when Michael was starting out,' said Barrichello.

'He was well and truly destroyed and had to give up racing.'

Piquet partnered Schumacher at Benetton for four races at the end of 1991 and was outqualified by the German on three occasions.

They were generally evenly matched in the races however, but Piquet retired from F1 at the end of the season and subsequently ended his professional career after a leg-smashing accident in the Indianapolis 500.

The triple World Champion had said that Barrichello had no chance of winning the world title for Ferrari 'because he knows nothing about being in a top team.'

This is not the first time that Barrichello has been publicly criticised by Piquet. In previous interviews he has said that Brazil's best hopes for future success lie with CART rising stars Tony Kanaan and Helio Castro Neves.

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