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Rubens Barrichello is starting to publicly express his feelings of
what he believes was unfair. He has revealed that during the early part of
the race Michael Schumacher overtook him when he should have stayed behind
and said "That's something that was a bit sad (the overtaking), to be
honest with you, because I told Ross that I would take very much care
because there were some bits on the track that were really, really wet. I
wanted to make time as well, and I was making time, but basically I came
too close to the car in front, which I think was a Jordan, I lost a bit of
momentum there and he took the chance. At that time I would say a
team-mate would just stay composed and would wait for some chances in
front, but that's how it went. At the end of the day I would have had to
stop once more anyway, so I don't think I would have won the race. But it
Rubens Barrichello also blamed Ralf
for their touch at the first corner and indicated that he doesn't leave
any room and said "I thought, you can fight for the position, you can
brake very late, but you leave the other room. It's the same case as
happened with Frentzen back in Melbourne. With Coulthard it always
happens, if he comes on the outside or the inside, he leaves some room for
you to actually have a line or something. I had no room, I had to brake
late as well when I saw him coming down the outside, I had to just let the
car roll and then I had the line, he was in front, I have to admit that he
was in front, but then all of a sudden he just shut the door and I was
there. So if you want to fight for the position that's cool, but just
leave some room. We touched, not to the point where, for example in
Melbourne, my car was hurt. This time my car was fine with that little
incident, where we touched slowly. Because he came in at such a momentum
that's why he touched me and he just kept on spinning, you could see the
engine just rising, and then he spun."
Eddie Irvine for the second race in a row was hit during the first lap of the race and forced into a spin. He was annoyed that certain penalties are applied when Michael Schumacher is involved while nothing is done when other are involved and said "What annoys me is that Zonta did it to Michael last year and got a big penalty. Verstappen did it to me, and no one cares. And Rubens did to Frentzen at the last race, and again to Ralf today. It frustrating when nothing's done about it. When it happens to Michael, something gets done. When it happens to me, or anyone else, nothing gets done."
18-Mar: What the teams and drivers said following the Malaysian GP ... Report
At the post race press conference, Michael Schumacher indicated
that he thought it was all over for him when he spun early in the race and
said "I thought it was all finished by whatever lap number when the
rain started and I went off the circuit. I was seeing the barrier already
very close and thinking, that's my part now, and then I saw Rubens coming
by next at the same corner. So actually we were lucky that the cars stood
in shape and didn't get heavily damaged, and we were able to do the race
we did, finally."
Rubens Barrichello indicated that
they were lucky that his car didn't spin into Michael's car when they both
went off and said "I told Ross one lap before I went off that it was
actually spitting down a bit, and when I saw Michael going off I was too
close to him. My car was handling quite well at that time, and then out of
Turn 5 I saw him going straight. I had no time to do anything. If I had
spun at that time I would have collected Michael right in the middle, so I
was lucky to recover and get going. It was actually a pity that I couldn't
go to my pit at that time. We took the decision to stay on the track, and
all of a sudden I think I spun three or four times again. There was a lot
of water on the track, but we made a good choice on the tyres, but
unfortunately the pit stop took so long. It was going quite well; all of a
sudden I saw one of the mechanics putting a slick tyre on my right side;
the engine was already too hot, everything was running hot. I saw Michael
behind me, and I didn't know what to do. So basically I had to calm down
and go again."
David Coulthard indicated that he was lucky to see both Ferrari's spin in front of him and that gave him a warning however he admits that they should have put intermediate tyres instead of full wets and said "When I saw both the Ferraris going off that gave Trulli, who was running in front of me, a bit of a warning, and it gave me some warning. We stayed on the track, and obviously it was quite clear we would have to come in, even though it was only half wet on the track and the other half of the circuit was completely dry. Coming into the last corner both Jarno and myself spun, but I managed to keep it going and come into the pits. At that time we thought it was the right decision to go for full wets, and clearly with that amount of water it was, but as the Safety Car then came out, you can be sure that you're not going to start driving again with so much water on the track. So in hindsight intermediates would have been a better tyre, because we had to run the wets a long time and I was losing a lot of time obviously to the Ferraris when I was waiting for the slicks."
18-Mar: Malaysian GP � Race: Michael Schumacher wins the Malaysian GP ahead of Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard. Heinz Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
18-Mar: Malaysian GP � Warm-up: Rubens Barrichello sets the fastest time on a drying track ahead of David Coulthard and Jarno Trulli. Kimi Raikkonen, Jos Verstappen and Heinz Harald Frentzen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
McLaren appear to be struggling.
Their results in qualifying for the first 2 races of the season indicate
that they are so far behind Ferrari and the other top teams are catching
them. Ron Dennis has admitted that they have a lot of work to do in
order to catch Ferrari and said "Ferrari have got a good car which
they seem to be able to dial in very quickly. We have got a good car but
it is sensitive in certain areas and we need to come to grips with that.
We have to carry a compromise situation for the first three grands prix,
no question about that. But we know how to solve the problem and we will.
Things will get progressively better. No one can dispute the fact we had
the best car for the last three years and we have got a very good car now.
But occasionally we get it wrong and that's what we have got at the
Mika Hakkinen (4th) struggled on the last sector and was disappointed
with his result but is hoping to do better in the race and said
"Obviously I�m disappointed to be on the second row. We have a
problem, which affects us in the last sector � we know what the problem
is, but we just haven�t been able to solve it yet. I�m looking forward
to tomorrow and finishing my first race of the 2001 season"
The Arrows car of Enrique Bernoldi was found to have a front wing dimensional infringement and his times were accordingly deleted. He will start from the back of the grid subject to appeal.
At the post qualifying press conference, Michael Schumacher has
indicated that it was a lot of fun fighting with his brother for pole and
said "It's great to see him there. The team and himself have built up
something which they can be proud of and they have given us a good
challenge. Honestly, where the challenge is coming from at the end of the
day when we are racing, it really doesn't matter. I would rather see him
there honestly than somebody else, because we know each other well enough
from the past and we know how to handle each other in races."
Rubens Barrichello has indicated that despite being second he was pleased with the result and said "I made a mistake on the first two runs. I made some changes to the car that didn't go my way, so after that I took the direction and I was much more comfortable with the car on the third run and I knew as well that I had everything for the last run. It was quite close and I'm really happy. I think it was a really good lap and its just things hotting up and its quite nice."
Ralf Schumacher indicated how surprised he was with third place and said "Well I'm definitely surprised to be honest. I mean, after yesterday's performance I didn't think that we were close to that position. We're unexpectedly close to Ferrari. But that is just in qualifying. I think we had a good package together today. I got a good lap in too. I don't see us racing against them or McLaren tomorrow, but we'll try our best to score a few more points. There are so many question marks. I don't want to think about racing against Ferrari tomorrow. I would rather look after myself and try to finish the race"
17-Mar: Malaysian GP � Qualifying: Michael Schumacher grabs pole position ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher. Mika Hakkinen, Jarno Trulli and Juan Pablo Montoya make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
17-Mar: Malaysian GP � 2nd Saturday Practice: Rubens Barrichello sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Heinz Harald Frentzen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
17-Mar: Malaysian GP � 1st Saturday Practice: David Coulthard sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher. Hakkinen, Ralf Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes