Dodgy Business: How Barrichello lost in Spain

Dodgy Business: How Barrichello lost in Spain

Rubens Barrichello looked set for his first victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix. In the end, however, the Brazilian was beaten by team-mate Jenson Button. Tony Dodgins analyses how Barrichello lost out

Unclip the padding, climb out, cursory wave, onto the scales, helmet and HANS off, up the stairs to the podium holding room, swig of water, watch back on, quick ruffle for what's left of the hair, polite acknowledgements for Jenson and Mark. Everything routine but Barrichello's face gave him away. That one was supposed to be his.

Before Barcelona, someone who knows told me that the smart money would be on Rubens. The Circuit de Catalunya is home from home for an F1 driver, so frequently do they test there. And Rubens is very good there, normally quicker than Jenson. He's very good in the fast Turn 3, through T9 and under braking for T10. The place suits his style.

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