Rubens Barrichello was eliminated in Q1 The surprise elimination from the first knockout phase of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix was Rubens Barrichello, who was 18th-quickest in the opening 20-minute session.

The Brazilian veteran lapped slower than team-mate Nico Hülkenberg in spite of his car being the sole one in the team to feature the latest aerodynamic upgrades for the start of the European leg of the 2010 season.

A disappointed Rubens blamed traffic and the upgrades for his lack of pace in qualifying.

“The upgrades didn’t work and I just had traffic,” Rubens told reporters after he had been eliminated from the running. "I didn’t have a clear run in any of my outings."

"The fact is that I couldn’t get a clear run but that’s the problem – we have six cars that go so slow and if they don’t get out of the way you catch them by three or four seconds per lap."

Here’s hoping Rubinho can turn it around tomorrow, but with passing very difficult at the Circuit de Catalunya, one thinks he might be doing his best rain dance overnight!

[Original image via GP Update]

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