Rubens Barrichello Q&A

This weekend Rubens Barrichello returns to the scene of his first and so far only Grand Prix victory, achieved last year with a superb drive on a slippery track. On that occasion his team mate was out on the first lap, and Rubens responded to the challenge of carrying Ferrari's hopes. But while Michael has won 10 races since then, Rubens is still searching for that second victory. He's continued to log podium finishes, but with Williams now also in the frame, it's become increasingly difficult to be there to pick up the pieces should Michael stumble. Adam Cooper spoke to the Brazilian about his season to date

Rubens Barrichello Q&A

"I think in the two years it has to be Hockenheim. There's no way there can be anything better than the feeling that I had in Hockenheim. So it has to be that one."

"It's always good to be part of a good team like Ferrari. It's been a difficult year for myself, actually. In the first part of it I had some problems, but overall it's great to work for a top team, and it's great to have the comparison that I have with Michael."

"I think especially in Brazil. That's the one where I always hope for so many things, and it seems that it's going to take a long time for me to actually be happy in Brazil. It was back in 1994 that I finished fourth with a car that wasn't so competitive, and you know nowadays it's so difficult, because the pressure is rising. Even if I try to plan to think that I'm not in Brazil, everything seems to happen with the car anyway!"

"There's a good fight going on between the teams, not just McLaren but Williams is coming along as well. The teams are working flat out to develop everything, and reliability sometimes suffers. But you're working on performance the whole way. I had a few problems this year, compared to last year - I had maybe four last year, and I've had three already this year."

"It's never easy! He has all the attention, we know that. We have the same equipment, and they give me good support in everything, but we know that at the end of the day they're working harder on his side because he's been here for longer. So I just have to concentrate and do my job and show that I deserve it as well."

"I think we learn generally in life a lot of time. He's just a normal human being who drives a racing car very well. You learn all the time."

"It's very glamorous, but for me the thing is to have a good car, that's the good side of it. I don't care about other things. Sometimes you don't have to take the queue when you go into restaurants, but that's not the point. I actually feel embarrassed about that! But it's the car. I like the way they work and prepare things."

"You have to work day-by-day, step-by-step. At the end of the day I always thought that we would finally stay together, and by thinking that way, my confidence never dropped. I feel quite OK here."

"That depends much on the situation. I think the only real chance I had this year to win a race was back in Austria. I've been having some silly problems in qualifying, and qualifying is almost everything for you. I feel confident of doing better and winning some more races."

"I had a chance to have a look, and it was just fantastic. I love history, but I think whoever was driving those cars was really crazy!"

"Maybe back in 1984 when Ayrton was driving that Toleman in the rain in Monte Carlo, but not much earlier than that!"

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