Rubens Barrichello made his feelings about Michael Schumacher’s driving in Hungary clear by suggesting he didn’t want to beat his former team mate to heaven.
He also accused Michael of using karting tactics as he tried to defend 10th place by edging Rubens into the pit wall. Schumacher was given a 10 place grid penalty by the stewards for the next race in Belgium.
“I like a fair battle, and I don’t think it was a fair battle,” said Rubens. “It was a bit of a go-karting manoeuvre. If he wants to go to heaven before me – if he goes to heaven, I don’t know if he goes to heaven. But if he wants to go before me, go up or down, I don’t want to go before him.
“I will never back off from a situation like that. It’s not fair for me to comment, I’m just happy for the team that we scored good points after a not very good qualifying. I’m a little bit sorry that the safety car came in and I lost out, but still it was a good race.
“It’s not up to me to give penalties. But if I was sitting there I would know exactly what to do. I’m a racing driver, I will never back off in a situation like that, especially after all I went through in my life with that, and who was it.
“He kept on coming, coming, coming. He should have chosen his line much before, and all of a sudden he chopped me across.”