Rubens Barrichello has reopened old wounds via the media, launching another tirade against his former Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher, whom he accused of blocking him in the second phase of today’s qualifying session for the Korean Grand Prix.
Despite the seven-time World Champion being seen to approach the Brazilian after the session (pictured), the Williams driver was still annoyed about the latest in a catalogue of incidents between the two drivers.
“I don’t want it to become very personal,” Barrichello
almost hypocritically said to the BBC after qualifying tenth for Sunday’s race, one place behind Schumacher.
“We had problems in the past, we still have problems in some situations like in Hungary [where Schumacher used very robust defensive tactics against Barrichello in the closing stages of the race].
“He just came to apologise in a way that the team didn’t tell him [I was there], but I was on a fast lap and you know you have mirrors and you have everything and you cannot count on everything from the team. I am a little bit sad about the situation because it is only luck that I passed on to Q3 because he really slowed me down.”
It seems that the race stewards – with the panel including 1980 World Champion Alan Jones on its roster – were listening to Barrichello’s complaints, and Schumacher was summoned to a hearing after the session and issued with a reprimand.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]