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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 March, 2005, 06:31 GMT
Fighting talk from beaten Ferrari
Michael Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld crash in the Australian Grand Prix
1 G Fisichella (Renault)
2 R Barrichello (Ferrari)
3 F Alonso (Renault)
4 D Coulthard (Red Bull)
5 M Webber (Williams)
6 JP Montoya (McLaren)
7 C Klien (Red Bull)
8 K Raikkonen (McLaren)
Rubens Barrichello warned against writing off Ferrari after being well beaten in the Australian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian finished second to split Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso, while Michael Schumacher retired after a poor race.

Barrichello, who started 11th, said: "I enjoyed every second. It proves Ferrari have no crisis.

"We are here, we are going to fight. The new car is going to come and give us even more pleasure."

Ferrari have started the season with an updated version of their 2004 car while they prepare a definitive 2005 car.

They have said the new car is likely to make a debut at the fifth race of the season, but that could be brought forward if it performs well in testing and the 2004 car is struggling.

I saw Nick behind me just as I came out of the pits and I made it clear I was defending my position
Michael Schumacher

Schumacher was never in the picture in Australia after starting 18th because of a downpour in the middle of Saturday's qualifying session.

The world champion retired after a collision while disputing eighth place with Williams driver Nick Heidfeld with 15 laps to go.

Heidfeld said: "I could have out-braked him, but he didn't leave me any space and pushed me on to the grass, where braking is obviously impossible."

But Schumacher said: "With this type of thing there are always different opinions and mine is that it is impossible to blame either one of us.

"I saw him behind me just as I came out of the pits and I made it clear I was defending my position.

"At one point I lost sight of him in the mirrors and went into the corner when I felt I'd been hit.

Rubens Barrichello
Barrichello drove well to finish second after starting 11th

"I have seen the incident on film: Heidfeld was on the grass and so was not in full control of his car. I can't blame him for trying to overtake me.

"My car was slightly damaged in the collision and there was no point in going on."

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn said:" We are reasonably happy, considering we came here with the old car.

"To finish second after such a dreadful qualifying is not bad.

"Both guys drove a great race. Rubens was exceptional as he had a braking problem from the early stages, but he was able to manage it very well."

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