Rubens: 'The tifosi are not bored'

Rubens Barrichello has denied that Formula 1 is boring at the moment, despite allegations that even in Italy - home to the dominant Ferrari team - advance ticket sales for Monza this weekend are down by some 20 percent

Rubens: 'The tifosi are not bored'

"It might be a little boring for people somewhere, but not for the tifosi," insisted Barrichello. "For 20 years Ferrari didn't win and there was pressure. Now that they are winning everything I don't think that the tifosi are bored. Teams dominate in Formula 1. In '96 and '97 it was Williams, then it was McLaren. But now, with the tyre war situation and the weather, sometimes the racing will be really close and sometimes it won't.

He added: "I don't know why people say that F1 is boring now. If spectator numbers are falling, I don't think that's necessarily a reflection on the racing, there are other worldwide issues involved. Things go in cycles and one team is always strong. McLaren was winning everything in 1988..."

At which somebody pointed out, a little tactlessly perhaps, that at least in 1988, with Senna and Prost at McLaren, there was a fight.

"I'm working on it, don't worry..." replied Barrichello, through gritted teeth.

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