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Barrichello: Why do the problems always happen on my side..?

A visibly deflated Rubens Barrichello was left pondering why things always seem to go wrong on his side of the Brawn GP garage after posting the ex-Honda F1 outfit's first retirement of the 2009 campaign in the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul at the weekend, on a day when Ross Brawn contended the experienced Brazilian 'would have had a great race'.

After lining up third on the starting grid, Barrichello encountered a clutch problem when the lights went out – not for the first time this season – that dropped him ten places down the order. Worse still, he subsequently lost seventh gear too, which consigned him to having to try and fight his way back through the field again.

There were spirited battles – as well as a spin – along the way with the KERS-equipped McLaren-Mercedes' of Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton, Force India's Adrian Sutil and compatriot Nelsinho Piquet in the Renault...but ultimately little progress.

Still lying outside the top ten, the São Paulista pulled into his pit box and retirement with eleven laps remaining – seeing him fall a full 26 points adrift of world championship-leading team-mate Jenson Button in the title standings with seven rounds now completed. After the race, the disappointment was acute.

“It appears to have been a gearbox problem,” the 36-year-old mused of the issue that had finally ended his challenge. “[It was] the one that I had at the start – the same as in Australia. When I dumped the clutch, the anti-stall kicked in, so it was the wrong calculation for the clutch – once again on my side.

“With the anti-stall I couldn't get going, and then to complicate things I was on the limiter halfway down the straight, which didn't make my life any easier because I was competing against cars with KERS. I had to force my way past, and that's just how the race went. It's frustrating, because it's been happening too much on my side.”

“Rubens had a problem with the clutch at the start, which over-torqued the gearbox,” confirmed the Brackley-based concern's team principal Brawn. “He then had some problems with the gearbox in the race, and it was disappointing that we had our first retirement of the year. He would have had a great race, for sure.”


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Alan D - Unregistered

June 08, 2009 12:46 PM

Maybe if his cars are more likely to blow the engine, maybe his driving style is wrong. When he was alongside MS at Ferrari people always used to say he was unlucky. MS famously nursed a car home when it was stuck in 5th gear. If that had happened to RB he would have dropped out and people would say he was so unlucky. When MS made his pit stops he would be right on the marks. RB would often overshoot by six inches and then the mechanics would foul up and people would say "Why is it always Rubens who has the bad luck?" For a guy with bad luck, he sure has been lucky landing in a dominant Ferrari and now a dominant Brawn. Most drivers are lucky to get that opportunity once.

Yirmin Snipe - Unregistered

June 08, 2009 3:52 PM

Could their be a conspiracy in the Brawn ranks to hold back Rubens in favor of the fair haired Brit? Well.. somethings are difficult to every know.... but we can look at the quality of the pit work when the cars come in... that is something that the drivers have no control over only the crews... How many times have we seen the crew fumble or flub a bit on Button's car? 0... how many times have they fumbled or flubbed Rugens car? Yep.. I see a slight difference in the pits.. and if you see it in the pits you damn well know it is carrying on in the other areas. Rubens needs to accept he is the number 2 and unless Button slips in the shower and breaks his legs, Rubens will never win.



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