Rubens Barrichello Q&A

Rubens Barrichello picked up his fourth podium finish in six starts in Austria, and while the new points system is helping him to stay in touch with leaders Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher, retirements in Australia and Brazil - where he could so easily have won - have hurt him. Nevertheless, a win in Monaco and a non-score for his rivals will put Rubens right back in contention. The A1-Ring was by no means a great weekend for Barrichello, who qualified only fifth, lost 10s in the pits and spent much of the race in traffic, unable to make full use of his tyre choice. Adam Cooper spoke to the Brazilian

Rubens Barrichello Q&A



"I've had a cold since Saturday, and I sweated quite a lot during the race, so I just felt bad after I got out of the car. My water bottle was too hot because of the three starts, and I just couldn't drink it, so I felt bad."



"Not really - I won the race last year..."



"I chose a different tyre from Michael, and it didn't pay off. It was a tyre that should have gone better in the race, as it did, and I reckon I would chose it again. The problem was that I was all the time behind people, and I couldn't overtake. The rain made the gap even bigger, so that was costly, and after the small problem we had at the pit stop, there was no way."



"They were maybe half a second away from each other in qualifying. We knew that there was no way it would be faster than the other one, but it could be a good choice for the race."



"Second or third. I didn't think it would be fifth. But it wasn't a good lap, as the track was so dirty when I went out."



"The fuel wouldn't go in."



"I have no idea. I don't think so, because the pump that they used on me couldn't be used again. They had to rebuild it during the race."



"It was no more slippery than Alonso's oil was. It was fun for three or four laps!"



"Jenson was actually very fast to begin with, and I saw that he started to get a little bit oversteery. I saw a chance, and he was very fair, and didn't do anything that would cause us drama. I knew that I had a very heavy car so I knew I had top be quiet for a moment. I tried as best as I could, but I had to make my tyres survive as well. But looking at things I was 23secs behind Michael and I could go as close as 15 secs before he actually started to back off. So I think it was a good strategy all in all."



"Oh yeah, I would have done it I think."



"I don't care, I just wish I could have won the race!"



"It is, it's much more alive than any other time."



"I'm looking forward to that. I have a break now from testing, which I probably need for my cold. It's great fun driving Monaco, but not as fun as just being there for the race weekend!"



"I enjoy the qualifying. I think the race is a bit boring, to go round and round."



"Yeah, Monaco is going to be the most difficult one. I have no thoughts on it yet, but it's going to be interesting to see. People are going to do all sorts of things..."



"It's going to be tough. Thursday and Saturday are all about finding the limit."

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