A1-Ring, Aus­tria 12.05.02 Car Fer­rari F2002 Grid 3rd

Podium Rubens Bar­richello, Juan Pablo Mon­toya There were so many supreme vic­to­ries – but quite of­ten there was con­tro­versy as well as Schu­macher and Fer­rari dom­i­nated For­mula 1 in the early 2000s. This one was a grand prix vic­tory gifted to Michael by a sub­servient team-mate. Frankly, there was no need for team or­ders so early in the sea­son, but such was Fer­rari’s and Jean Todt’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed, they did so to the detri­ment of the sport – and the fans. You ac­tu­ally had to feel sorry for Michael as he pulled Rubens Bar­richello onto the top step of the podium as the boos rang out around the A1-Ring. Rubens had pulled over hav­ing beaten Michael fair and square. It was an em­bar­rass­ment for all con­cerned.

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