Barrichello: I never back off

Rubens Barrichello described his battle with Michael Schumacher as neither ‘fair or clean’ as the Brazilian snatched the final points place in Hungary.

The Williams driver was forced up against the pit wall, as he attempted to pass his former team-mate, in the dying stages of the race.

Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg scored an impressive sixth place in the sister Fw32,  as the German took full advantage of the safety car period.

Nico Hulkenberg – 6th: I am very happy with today’s outcome. It was a great effort from the team and the factory. We were in the right place to take advantage of the Safety Car, but even so, the car had good pace today and I didn’t make any mistakes. It was good to collect decent points and have the luck running with us. The result is a good way to go into the break and sets up the second half of the season well for me and the team.

Rubens Barrichello – 10th: We had a car that in terms of performance was capable of finishing P5 or thereabouts, but taking the chance to start on primes always left us liable to a Safety Car. It came too early to box for the option tyre, so I had to stay out until we found a window that would allow me to attack for points. I had to work pretty hard for the point in a fight that wasn’t fair or clean, but I will let others be the judge of that. All I am clear about is that I am a racer and in such situations, I never back off.

Patrick Head, Director of Engineering: Today was a good result for the team. I am pleased that Nico had a strong race and Rubens showed that he has a passion for racing that has characterised his career. Rubens also set the third fastest lap of the race.