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No Teammate Can Beat Schumacher, Says Irvine

Wednesday March 21st, 2001

Jaguar driver Eddie Irvine has warned Rubens Barrichello to forget about winning with the Ferrari team, based on his own experience with the Italian outfit.

Irvine, who drove for Ferrari until the end of the 1999 season scoring four wins, said that the only way to win a race with the current world champions is if their star driver Michael Schumacher is not on track.

The Ulsterman's comments come after Barrichello, who finished second behind Schumacher at the Malaysian Grand Prix last Sunday, complained about a move by the German, who overtook the Brazilian on his way to the top after falling down to 11th position.

"You can only beat Michael when he's not there, or when he lets you win," said Irvine. "To be honest, I'm amazed that Barrichello still doesn't understand this after one year with Ferrari.

"When I was with Ferrari in 1999, I won in Australia because Michael retired, at Zeltweg and Hockenheim because his leg was in plaster and finally in Malaysia because he let me win.

"I doubt very much that I could have won anything in 1999 if Schumacher had been there fighting for the title.

"When Barrichello won at Hockenheim last year, the German went off at the first corner. That just goes to prove that when he's in the race, no team-mate can beat him!"

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