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I think Rubens is way over the limit.
While trying to prove himself as a better driver than Schummi (and,
considering the three races of this year, we can safely say that he is
not), he is hurting not only the unfortunate drivers that happen to be
in front of him at one of these slow corners, but also his very own
team. Yes, it happened to be Ralf in the last couple of races; who
knows, maybe he'll go for Schummi in the ones to come. He should think
all this over, ...as Niki Lauda said, during a race ban... Adrian -
last year everyone had a bash at Schumacher
and it seems to have made him a bit more circumspect with his
startline lunge. Barrichello has a quick car at the start and tries to
make the most of it each start, nothing less would be expected from
him by the team or the Ferrari fans don't blame him - Chris H -
Yes, he should be penalised - Jane R
No. Barrichello should not be penalised
with either fine or race suspension but yes it is happening a little
too often that drivers take too many risks and in most of the cases
the victim is the one who is hitted at the front.
Look, for example when Verstappen was in the way of Irvine.
I think that Eddie Jordan was right on saying that this year it will
not be any fun because obviously it is all too easy for Ferrari and
their drivers - Daniel - UK
Barrichello "just the best"
Schumacher "I don't have the words"
I think that Ralf Schumacher will be driving our car in a few years.
Don't you? - Domenico - Italy
I am a big fan of Ferrari and honestly
I am very happy about the situation so far. I think that the Ferrari
this year are undoubtedly the strongest and will win without any
trouble the Championship.
I am sorry if Barrichello always has to give away to Schumacher but
that's the way it goes - Kerry -
All drivers should be more responsible
into the first corner. Rubens has been too aggressive in the last two
Grand Prix, and should be reprimanded accordingly. Every F1 driver
should be accountable, when poor driving is clearly seen to occur!! - Peter
C - UK
He should be penalised for his actions
during the last 2 races. A money penalty is nothing to the drivers, a
one race suspension for both driver and car will see team bosses
demanding safer and fairer driving to a sport that receives bad
publicity every time something like this happens - Ang - Australia
I strongly believe in the fact that
Barrichello should be penalised for what he did in Melbourne. I do
believe though that when he caused Ralf Schumacher to spin in Malaysia
was not intentional while the one in Melbourne with Frentzen totally
About Jos Verstappen I think he had a magnificent race in Malaysia and
a penalty would be a tragedy after unfortunately he was not able to
score any points.
Go Arrows!!!!!!!!!!! - Rob - Australia
I am a Ferrari fan through and through.
However, I think that Barrichello is just trying to throw Ferrari's
weight around. He has nothing to lose anyway. Maybe he thinks he is
Schumacher sometimes, but thinking like Shumy is one thing, driving
like him is another. If he should be penalized with such an offensive
driving I think at least he should have been warned the first time
around. At least a predicate would have been laid down first before a
more severe penalty is imposed. Irvine is right.
And for what it is worth, we have seen classic battles between Mika
and Michael. What would be interesting is for them to switch
team mates. Then we can gauge how good Barrichello is as compared to
Coulthard when one handles the other's car - Emmanuel P -
Rubens Barrichello is the kind of
driver most people respect because of the fairplay he usually shows.
This time though, it seems to me he made clear driving misjudgement,
both with HHF and Ralf. I must admit that I am surprised, to say the
least, to ear Barrichello blaming those drivers for the incidents.
Should he be penalised? I think he should have been warned the first
time and penalised the second. To my knowledge, race stewards have
already the capacity of taking action in that kind of event. Why are
they using it in some cases (M. Schumacher - R. Zonta) and not in
others, I'd say that everything in F1 involving Michael Schumacher has
a tendency to look suspicious. Some will say I'm a bit paranoid, well
it seems we're quite a few suffering from the same illness.
As for the next Grand Prix, no matter what has just happened, I wish
Rubino a victory - Michel U - Canada
I was wondering why Barrichello wasn't
taken to task after Australia, but then it happened again in Malaysia.
Maybe he should be given a NASCAR license.
And he complains about Michael being to aggressive! - Jim L - USA
If you look at the Malaysia GP
videotape you'll notice that Ralf was taking a line that would drive
him before the tangent point in an attempt to make Barrichello back
off. In my opinion it is a risky decision trying to solve a 55 laps GP
in the first corner. If you loose you shouldn't cry - Andre B -
Take a look to the first race again and try to remember who came first
in to the corner Frentzen or Rubens. Then try to explain that again - Rok
F - Slovenia
Rubens did nothing wrong, when someone
wins races we hear lots of wrong doings against them. If these fights
were on the track, races will be more interesting!! - Gopa India
Rubens did absolutely nothing wrong.
He was in the middle of a three car sandwich. What do people
expect him to do? Do they expect him to concede? Remember, this is a
serious sport not a local footy match!!! - Sandro D - Australia