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Barrichello: 'Enormous' pressure to toe the line at Ferrari

Rubens Barrichello has suggested that Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen's impassioned pleas to the FIA that it would be 'difficult to think of a Formula 1 without Ferrari' were simply a product of 'pressure' from within the team to toe the party line.

In the wake of the Scuderia's shock assertion that it will walk away from the top flight – having been the only competitor to enter every season since the official inception of the world championship all the way back in 1950 – over the inflammatory budget cap row, an item was posted on the official Ferrari website entitled 'The pride of making F1 great' and eulogising about the manner in which the scarlet brigade 'is loved and respected all over the world – loved by many of its friends and fans, respected by its competitors'.

Raikkonen subsequently expressed his understanding that the Maranello-based outfit is considering plying its trade elsewhere should Max Mosley's controversial £40 million cost cap be implemented for next year, with Massa for his part admitting: “For a driver, racing a Ferrari in Formula 1 is a dream – and I made mine come true. Since I was a child Ferrari has been the synonym for racing for me; that's why I'm convinced that even if the Scuderia is forced to leave Formula 1, there will be other competitions where it will be possible to admire the Reds on the track.”

Indeed, both drivers have gone so far as to intimate that they would be willing to follow Ferrari out of F1 and possibly into another discipline in accordance with their 2010 contracts, but Brawn GP star Barrichello – who himself raced for the famous Italian marque from 2000 to 2005, achieving nine grand prix victories along the way as team-mate to the legendary Michael Schumacher throughout that period – reckons the duo's comments should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt.

“With Ferrari the pressure was enormous,” the veteran Brazilian told spox.com. “Often it was even laid out for me what I had to say in interviews. I enjoyed my six years there, but sometimes I felt far too pressurised.”


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Gary Rowan

May 20, 2009 1:44 PM

Shumacher the "greatest" sportman that F1 will ever see! That is possibly the funniest comment I have ever read in my life! Schumacher was the worst sportsman in the history of F1 as agreed by the majority of F1 fans...... Cannot tell that you are a Schumacher fan Andrew!

the Lawman - Unregistered

May 20, 2009 8:20 PM

In regards to Rowan's post: When we talk about Michael being the greatest the facts always surface. He is the only driver to be black band for cheating, he rammed Hills car at the Aussie Grand Prix to win his first championship, then the following year he slowed and went after Jaques, that was shameless. But lets face it, from the back of the pack he could win on any given day, how many drivers today in that Ferrari not counting Fernando are able to do that...very few? I am biased toward Fernando by the way, love Ferrari just don't follow them. By the way, Rubens is still sour by the sounds of it, must be hard to get hammered each weekend by MIchael though...the Lawman :)



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