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12-May: At the post Race press conference for the Austrian GP, Michael Schumacher appeared embarrassed taking a win that was deservedly his team-mate's. He indicated that he wasn't happy about taking the win and said "I don't think it is the way we would like to have the situation, certainly. I'm not very pleased about it, especially the way this year is going, but then we probably have to respect the team for this decision, although maybe there isn't a lot of respect from some people. But these people who don't respect the decision don't run a team and don't know how much there is involved in the one target we have. In the end, if we may have the opportunity to do it, to win the championship, then.... 
If you look at last year, we had the same situation and in the end it wasn't probably necessary to do what we have done here last year but you don't know before. If you look at what has happened with Hakkinen and Coulthard in 1999, Hakkinen could have almost lost the championship because of the Spa situation in 1999. If this would have happened, I'm sure some of you guys would have gone back and said why didn't you let him go by there. It's a two way situation where you never win, you will always be the loser and as I said, I'm not very happy about it either, today. I wished they wouldn't have come on the radio to tell me this. I wish we could have finished the race the way it was. I was pushing until the end, and you never know what is going to happen but it was clearly not enough. He did a superb race, Rubens, today. He simply has outpaced me this weekend and that's something, from the team point of view, to some degree, challenging, I would say, even from my point of view. Having a strong guy like him next to me is really pushing me. So the race itself I enjoyed with the exception of the last couple of hundred meters."
He even admitted that he thought about not passing Rubens at the end and said "I was thinking very strongly about this and that is why said I was hoping there wouldn't be such an order. If you can see the telemetry data on the straight when Rubens backed off, I backed off but then he backed off even further. You sit outside and you have a lot of time to think about all of this. We sit in there and it wasn't a long preparation of discussion. They came on in the last couple of metres on the radio and said that he would back off. I didn't feel like, but then I have to be honest to say no it was probably the wrong decision to win this race, yes I agree, but if I had the chance to turn it around I would probably do but I cannot now."
Yet Michael then admitted that he was in favour of team-orders and said "Honestly, it is not in our hands. To some degree I am in favour of this (team-orders) and have always said that team strategy is important. We are maybe in a very special situation this year where we have a very strong car, we have so far a reasonably comfortable lead in terms of points, and that is maybe why it is a little bit more a point of discussion. And that is why as well that I am not very happy about it. But then what is really different to last year, to some degree? It is the same time in the year, the Grand Prix is the same one, and you have to see the target of the team. The team wants to win the championship and they invest with sponsors, with people behind, so much money in that, if we fail in this target for maybe a point in the end, you never know, then we look stupid and the team simply doesn't want to get into this situation. And as I said before if Rubens would have had a different points situation I am sure the team wouldn't have taken this decision."
(Note last year following team-orders at the Austrian GP when Rubens gave second place to Michael, Ferrari's President was quoted "the difference between second and third places doesn't change anything. It would have been different if he had been in the lead and then no one would have touched him."
This year Michael has an even bigger lead in the Championship and Ferrari still applied team-orders!)
Michael didn't answer when he was asked if that was Motor Racing. He also didn't answer when asked if he wanted to be World Champion because he was the best racer or the one with the best contract.

Rubens Barrichello indicated that there was no point in complaining about what happened and said "I think I have had the experience, so it wasn't (too difficult to move over)...I'm not joking, I have been asked to do it, I have said nothing and I think it's a team decision. I've just signed a two year contract with them and I thought I should respect it.
I'm going through a period of a very good time of my life. I'm becoming a better person, a better driver, so there's no point in arguing. I think my determination will bring me a lot more wins, so that's the way I see it, so there's no point arguing. We saw it when Michael gave me the trophy, the trophy I take home today so I'm happy for that.
I think I've grown up from what we've had in the past. I think we should stop talking about it. It's a team decision. Today, it wasn't like last year when we were talking, talking, talking. I've been asked to do it and I said that there would be any reason for that because we were going quite fast in first and second, they told me they wanted me to do it. I said, I will do it and that's it.

Juan Pablo Montoya put his opinion on the matter by saying "I won't really get involved in it. It is team orders. That's the way they work. It is disappointing, I would say, for Rubens. He has been working, and in the last few races you can see he has been starting to out-pace Michael and he has been really strong. I really felt he deserved this. 
Michael, when you really think about it, doesn't really have any challenge in the championship. I am running second and we have done six races and he is already more than 20 points ahead of me. And they are maybe a second a lap clear on us, so what they are nervous about I don't know. But it is a team decision, I am sorry for Rubens, and he did deserve it."
When asked what he would do if he was in a similar situation, he said "Well, I would probably have to lift. If I was in Rubens' position I either lift or look for a job somewhere else. Simple."

12-May: What the teams and drivers said following the Race in Austria ... Report

12-May: Austrian GP Race: Michael Schumacher wins the race after Rubens Barrichello lets him through. Juan Pablo Montoya finishes 3rd ahead of Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella and David Coulthard ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes.

12-May: Austrian GP Warm-up Session: Rubens Barrichello sets the fastest time of the session ahead of team-mate Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa. Heinz Harald Frentzen, Nick Heidfeld and Enrique Bernoldi make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes.

Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix Schedule:

Session Time (Local / GMT) - Current local time
Friday Practice Session 1
Friday Practice Session 2
Saturday Practice Session 1
Saturday Practice Session 2
Qualifying Session
Warm-up Session
11 AM Spielberg Time / 9 AM GMT
1 PM Spielberg Time / 11 AM GMT
9 AM Spielberg Time / 7 AM GMT 
10:15 AM Spielberg Time / 8:15 AM GMT
1 PM Spielberg Time / 11 AM GMT
9:30 AM Spielberg Time / 7:30 AM GMT
2 PM Spielberg Time / 12 PM GMT
Go to the Austrian GP Page

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