Rubens Barrichello was teammates with Michael Schumacher at Ferrari for six years and has opened up on his relationship with the legendary seven-time world champion
Michael Schumacher’s former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barichello has lifted the lid on his relationship with his former Ferrari teammate.
Schumacher and Barrichello spent six seasons together at Ferrari with the Brazilian largely playing second fiddle to his more esteemed pal.
Barrichello was in no doubt of the hierarchy at Ferrari with German legend Schumacher winning five of his seven world titles in the famous red car.
But Barrichello says Schumacher wasn’t the kind of teammate to offer help – even though they had a good relationship.
LIFTS LID ON RELATIONSHIP WITH F1 LEGEND
« I’ve always made friends and had a great relationship between my teammates. I do (include Michael), but he was never supportive,” he said on the Beyond the Grid podcast. »It’s not the right word.
«He would never be there to offer help so I never asked because there are teammates to go and ask.»
« For example Eddie Irvine, you ask him and he says ‘I don’t know which gear I take that corner.»
« I got p***ed one day because I couldn’t understand how the hell he doesn’t know what gear and he doesn’t really know, he just doesn’t think, he did it naturally.»
« So you have to learn people with Michael it was different, he was a bit naive in a way that he worked his way.»
« So many times I grabbed my chair because the meeting was already finished and then they started another meeting with just Michael there and I said hmm this is funny.»
« I took my chair and I just would sit there, say nothing and just stay there.»
SCHUMACHER THE SKI ACCIDENT
Schumacher continues to recover from the ski accident in December 2013 which left him with life-changing head injuries.
Updates on Schumacher’s condition have been few and far between in the meantime – and he has not made a public appearance.
His racing legacy remains as strong as ever, however, and Barrichello has opened up on what made Schumacher so good behind the wheel.
« He was super, super on high speed like very courageous. The way I drove on the low speed was actually I was taking more speed out of it than him,» he added.
« I remember so many times Ross (Brawn) telling him that he had too do something different. I became so much better on the high speed because of him.»
«We both went too another level of pushing each other so it was good. It’s not that easy to make Michael Schumacher go to another level.»
« Mine had to be mental. How do you go to a racetrack knowing that you have a B option of a pit stop and this and that and still be ready to win.»