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Barrichello's 300th appearance is a brief one

Rubens Barrichello's 300th grand prix appearance proved to be one of his shortest after crashing out on lap one in Belgium.
Having begun the Belgian Grand Prix amid '300 not out' headlines, F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello's weekend came to a shuddering halt reminiscent of a Pakistani batting display (albeit without the suspicion of betting scams) as he lasted less than a lap of Spa-Francorchamps before crashing out.

The Brazilian was a focus of attention in the build-up to the penultimate European round of the 2010 season, sharing centre stage with the five title contenders, but ended his 300th appearance sitting in a pile of shattered carbonfibre after denting the aspirations of one of that quintet at the Bus Stop chicane. The sole top ten runner starting the race on the harder prime Bridgestone tyre, Barrichello hit a wet patch under braking and, with his wheels locked up, skated into the side of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. Although the Spaniard survived the brutal hit to race on, Barrichello's 300th appearance proved to be one of his shortest.

"Despite my experience, it was very difficult to know how wet the track was on the opening lap," the veteran admitted, "It was fully wet when I came into Blanchimont, and I was closing the door on Nico Rosberg but, when I touched the brakes, even though it was quite early, it wasn't sufficient to stop the car, which went straight on into Alonso, for which I'm sorry.

"It's also sad for the team. We've had such a positive weekend that a good result would have been a nice conclusion. However, despite not having a good outcome in my 300th race, I'm confident we will go well in the 301st!"

With Barrichello out so early, Williams' hopes were left resting with rookie team-mate Nico Hulkenberg but, before the first pit window, the German lost full throttle control, which triggered a series of difficult stops, challenging car control in changeable weather and constant revisions to tyre plans on the pit-wall. Despite a number of considered gambles to retrieve position, Hulkenberg could only finish a difficult day in 14th place.

"The problem made the car very difficult to handle, so we made an unscheduled stop, but the engine died in the box and had to be re-started," he revealed, having occupied a point-scoring position early on, "As a result, I dropped position and then had to cope in the rain without the full engine control, which caused some spins. We took some tyre gambles at the end to try and recover something."

Technical director Sam Michael admitted that it had 'not been a good day', but insisted that the team took encouragement from the improved pace shown across the weekend, and hoped to be able to make more of that when the series moves on to Monza and then into the five 'flyaway' races that conclude the campaign.



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Ryan - Unregistered

August 30, 2010 4:58 PM

You all know if this was Schumacher he would have received some sort of penalty. Thank you to the person who pointed out about the throwing the steering wheel out of the cockpit incident had forgot about that, barrichello harping on about not wanting to go to heaven throws his wheel onto the track, if someone hits that wrong it could have been lights out for them too on the second fastest part of the monaco track with only barriers around them, what a ******* ****** **** this barrichello geezer is.

Manxie - Unregistered

August 30, 2010 1:53 PM

Mongie you are RB! How can such a mistake happen to someone who has got the MOST GP's under his belt. His comment afterwards also did not ring true with me. He said something to the effect of 'no experience can account for such a slippery road...' My word, others were sliddering before him so he should've known something was up.... Moron me thinks! :?



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