Rubens Barrichello has suggested that one day he will perhaps reveal the 'truth' of his life at Ferrari, claiming the public 'doesn't know even half' of the things that went on at the team when he drove for them.
The Brazilian – still without a seat in Formula 1 in 2009 as Honda continues to procrastinate over its line-up, testing out young compatriots Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi at Barcelona next week as it searches for 'fresh blood', in the words of CEO Nick Fry – competed for the Scuderia
from 2000 to 2005.
Though he triumphed in nine races over that period – indeed, every one of his F1 successes from his record-breaking 267 grand prix starts – the 36-year-old was invariably under strict orders to play second fiddle to team-mate Michael Schumacher, whether he was slower than the German multiple world champion or not.
Whilst Barrichello twice finished runner-up in the title chase over that period, Schumacher claimed five consecutive drivers' trophies, helped in no small part by his team-mate's support.
The pair's relationship, however, was never quite the same again after Barrichello was told to cede victory to Schumacher in the infamous 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, and very publicly revealed his distaste for the scenario by pulling over practically on the finish line to let the sister scarlet machine past to 'win'. The uncomfortable scenes up on the podium afterwards – when Schumacher attempted to push Barrichello onto the top step following a chorus of boos from the crowds – led to team orders being banned in F1.
“The public does not know even half of the story about what I experienced with Ferrari,” the São Paulista is quoted as having said by F1SA
during an awards night. “Perhaps they will be able to read the truth one day in a book.”
Barrichello added that the 'right time' for him to reveal the details of his period at Maranello 'will come'.