Wednesday April 4th, 2001
Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello has dismissed talks of problems between him and Williams driver Ralf Schumacher after their second consecutive accident at the Brazilian Grand Prix last Sunday.
Barrichello and Schumacher clashed both in Malaysia and Brazil and the German driver, as well as other Formula One figures like Niki Lauda or Gerhard Berger, have criticised the Brazilian for his driving.
After the race, Barrichello reflected on a very disappointing weekend at his home Grand Prix, and he admitted there were no problems between Ralf and himself.
"Of course, I was very disappointed after the Brazilian GP, but when I went home and saw the race on tape, I enjoyed it," Barrichello said. "There is no doubt it was a very interesting race, although I still had a bad aftertaste in my mouth from the fact I had not been part of the action.
"As for the accident with Ralf Schumacher, I would agree with the stewards' decision that it was a simple racing incident. It was bad for both of us, but there will not be a problem between me and Ralf.
"He is just another competitor, who now has a very effective car. I know we will be racing against one another for the rest of the year. I hope it will be a clean fight."
Both Barrichello and Schumacher were given a warning by the race stewards, but the German has called for stronger penalties in order to avoid this sort of incidents.