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banner Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK
Emotional Barrichello holds his tongue
Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello
Schumacher led Barrichello in the early laps
Rubens Barrichello bit his tongue and refused to criticise his Ferrari team after being ordered to sacrifice second place in the Austrian Grand Prix to team-mate Michael Schumacher.

The Brazilian's Ferrari contract runs out at the end of this year and he is wary about upsetting the team management.

But Barrichello fought back his emotions when asked about the incident after the race.

"The team manager asked me to do it," he said.


If I hadn't been so close to Rubens, the team would not have asked him
  Michael Schumacher

And asked at which stage of the race he had been asked to move over, he replied: "Many, many times".

Barrichello finally moved over as the two red cars accelerated out of the last corner of the race.

Sitting alongside Schumacher at a news conference immediately after the race, he said: "I have very little to say, unfortunately. I still have to go down and talk to the team and clarify things, get some explanations.

"I just don't want to make any statement before I talk to the team.

"I put myself into a situation in Malaysia and unfortunately I cannot open my heart right now."

Barrichello complained openly after the Malaysian Grand Prix when Schumacher overtook him in the rain after the Brazilian had urged caution.

Rubens Barrichello
Barrichello resented Ferrari's order to let Schumacher by

He was later reminded of his subordinate position in the team.

Barrichello is particularly upset because he joined Ferrari in 2000 in the belief that if he was ahead of Schumacher on merit he would be allowed to stay there.

Schumacher, faced with repeated questions about team orders, defended the team's action and said it was necessary to limit the advantage gained by McLaren.

The German's main rival, David Coulthard, was leading the race, and third place for Schumacher would have slashed the Ferrari driver's championship lead to two points.

He said they had to make the call because they would feel foolish if they let Barrichello stay in front and then Schumacher went on to lose the world championship by two points or less.

'Championship paramount'

"If I hadn't been so close to Rubens, the team would not have asked him," Schumacher claimed. "Ferrari might have a different philosophy to McLaren, who have also called this strategy in the past.

"The sport is about a lot of things, a lot of money, a lot of pressure and what counts at the end is the championship, to be honest. As long as we don't work against the rules, I think we are quite fair."

Schumacher was behind Barrichello because of an incident with Juan Pablo Montoya early in the race.

The two tangled when the German was trying to pass the Williams, which was leading. Schumacher dropped back to sixth place after running wide.

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