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Schumi: If you`re quick enough, you`re number one.

Michael Schumacher has responded to suggestions made by former Formula 1 team-mate Rubens Barrichello that a lot more went on at Ferrari during their time together than met the eye by insisting that the Brazilian simply wasn't quick enough to be number one.

Last week Barrichello hinted that 'the public does not know even half of the story about what I experienced with Ferrari', adding that 'perhaps they will be able to read the truth one day in a book' [see separate story – click here].

Schumacher and Barrichello partnered each other at the Scuderia from 2000 to 2005 – in so doing becoming one of the sport's longest-running team-mate pairings – but the duo's relationship 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.

Though Barrichello was cast very much into a supporting role at Maranello during his six-year stint there before moving to Honda – winning just nine races as the man from Kerpen triumphed in no fewer than 49 and lifted five drivers' world crowns – Schumacher is adamant the São Paulista was only number two because he was not as quick.

“Nobody can make you slower because of a contract,” the 39-year-old told the Cologne-based newspaper Express. “If you are fast, you are fast, and then you are the number one.”

Johnny Herbert claimed that in the wake of him qualifying right behind then Benetton team-mate Schumacher in fourth spot for the 1995 season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix, he was no longer permitted access to the German's data.

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fast jack

November 19, 2008 12:01 PM

it sounds to me like ms is not looking forward to rb''s book coming out,i wonder why ? i''m sure rb has a lot to say and i for one would love to read the gory details of just what went on at ferrari,it must be bad because ms is starting to beeeaaatttcchh about rb...cant wait. :-o

ramjam 69

November 19, 2008 2:14 PM
Last Edited 655 days ago

@rich ard "i dont remember any race where rubens was superior to schumi, and if memory serves me correctly, in austria, schumi had come from behind and as points were critical at that time" At Austria 2002, Ruebens had been superor to Schumi all weekend, and during the first two-thirds of the race, but yes, Schumi was catching Barrichello after the final pit stop. Points were so not critical as Schumacher had a massive lead in the championship - he'd won all but 1 race at that stage of the season (Austria was the 6th round)and finished 3rd in the other. Don't you do any research before you start to type??

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