It is doubtless that Rubens Barrichello would have wanted his 300th Grand Prix weekend to be over before a lap had been completed, but the Brazilian veteran was left to watch a thrilling race from the sidelines after becoming the Belgian Grand Prix’s first retirement when he collided with Fernando Alonso at the Bus Stop chicane.
Losing control under braking, Barrichello slammed into the side of Alonso’s Ferrari under braking as the team came upon the damp section of the circuit at speed for the first time.
“Despite my experience, it was very difficult to know how wet the track was on the opening lap, but it was fully wet when I came into Blanchimont,” he told reporters after returning to the pits.
“I was closing the door on [Nico] Rosberg and when I touched the brakes, even though it was quite early, it wasn’t sufficient to stop the car. The car went straight on into Alonso, for which I’m sorry.”
Rubens went on to admit that this was hardly the outcome he had dreamed for his milestone race, and after qualifying in the top ten.
“We’ve had such a positive weekend that a good result would have been a nice conclusion. Despite not having a good outcome in my 300th race, I’m confident we will go well in the 301st.”
It was a poor weekend all round for Williams, with team-mate Nico Hülkenberg limping home in 14th after being stymied by a throttle problem.
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