Barrichello accepts Schumacher apology

Rubens Barrichello hopes to put the events of Hungary behind him, after it was revealed that Michael Schumacher had sent him a personal apology.

The veteran Brazilian was angered by the Mercedes driver’s defensive tactics – which saw the Williams pushed towards the pit wall.

However, speaking in Spa, the seven-time champion revealed that he had apologised to his ex-Ferrari team-mate by text message.

“I have no problem to speak to Rubens,” said Schumacher. “There were two reasons I sent him a text one of the main reasons is that it was his 300th grand prix and we have quite a history together.

“I thought it appropriate to congratulate him and clarify the point, because he felt I wanted to push him against the wall [in Hungary] and that was not my ambition. I wanted to race very tightly without any contact. If he felt this [pushing him into the wall] was the case then I am sorry for that.”

Although Schumacher will be given a ten-place grid penalty for this weekend’s race, Barrichello, who celebrates his 300th Grand Prix at Spa, hopes to now put the whole event behind him.

“I received a message from him today, an SMS,” said the Brazilian. “Somebody said to him that I was under the impression he had pushed me onto the wall, and he said it wasn’t the case and he apologised for that.

“I just said ‘thank you, no problem’. I accepted it, and wished him a good weekend. Life goes on.”