Unhappy Rubens to talk team orders with Ferrari

Rubens Barrichello is to have talks with his Ferrari bosses after he was ordered to move aside for Michael Schumacher on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Unhappy Rubens to talk team orders with Ferrari

Ferrari has always insisted Barrichello and Schumacher had an equal chance to win races while their title hopes were alive. But in Austria, only six races into the campaign, it implemented team orders, clearly showing that the Brazilian's title hopes are secondary to Schumacher's and that he is the definite number two driver.

Barrichello was clearly upset after he saw his first victory of the year slip from his grasp when he was out-performed by David Coulthard. And there was the added indignity of being asked to hand second place to Michael Schumacher on the final lap.

After he got out of the car, having finished third, Jean Todt talked to Barrichello. He listened stoney-faced and then walked away.

Barrichello revealed he had to be asked more than once to move over before he finally agreed. Asked when he was asked by the team to move over for Schumacher, he replied: "Many times."

But questioned further he refused to elaborate. "I have very little to say in this press conference unfortunately," he said "I still have to go down and talk to the team to clarify things. I don't want to make any statement before I talk to the team."

Asked why he agreed to move over, he said: "I cannot answer that - it is something that is very much inside [the team]. I put myself in a situation in Malaysia and unfortunately I cannot open my heart right now. I'm sorry."

He admitted his mood was worsened by the fact that he had lost the race he could easily have won. "I lost the race because David left his pit stop longer. That's why I'm unhappy."

The Brazilian now has 18 points in the title chase in third place and Schumacher has 42, four points ahead of David Coulthard in second.

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