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Barrichello warns Rosberg to expect tough time

Rubens Barrichello warns Nico Rosberg to expect a 'tough job' as he prepares to run with Michael Schumacher for the 2010 F1 season
Rubens Barrichello has sounded a warning to Nico Rosberg ahead of the 2010 F1 season, warning the man he replaced at Williams that he can expect a tough job partnering Michael Schumacher this season.

Barrichello partnered Schumacher for six years at Ferrari before leaving for Honda, and was forced to play second fiddle to the German during his time with the Scuderia - a factor which played a part in his decision to move to pastures new.

Having moved to Mercedes for 2010, Rosberg now faces the challenge of running alongside the most successful driver in F1 history and Barrichello insisted it wouldn't be easy to partner his countryman.

“Get out of there, that's the only thing I can tell him,” Barrichello joked with reporters following the opening day of testing in Valencia. “Knowing what I know and seeing how fast Michael went today, it is going to be a tough job.

“I wish him [Rosberg] all the best because I think he is a talented boy who can be world champion.”

Barrichello, who later told Reuters that he felt Schumacher could fight for the title 'if the car is good', also revealed that he had been approached by McLaren about a drive for 2010 before he signed with Williams.

“They called me a couple of times in November at the Brazilian race, to see if I was available,” he told the news agency. “If they called me, then I'm sure they called him [Button] at the same time. I'm sure they were questioning as soon as Raikkonen dropped out of the car, and I'm sure they went on to ask more people, not just us.”

Barrichello ended the first day of testing in sixth place on his debut in the Cosworth-powered Williams, with a throttle issue affecting his time on track.



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Taz - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 11:43 AM

@Crash Why do you chop out parts of the drivers statement to spice up the story ? :rolleyes: He also said: "He is a great talent and I wish him all the best, and maybe tomorrow you will see the newspapers saying, 'Rubens tells Nico to get out of there', but I am not being bad about it"..taken from autosport

gonen6t - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 2:06 PM

Look, not to knock Rosberg, though I strongly believe He is unproven and at this point way over-rated, But playing second fiddle to the multi championship winning MS is just a cold hard fact. What am I missing concerning Rosberg?, He has never won a F1 race, and as far as memory serves, The best thing you could say is, He is fast on Fridays, sometimes on Saturday, but rarely on race day. For Rubens to say, the boy could be world champ, is far fetched at this point in time.



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