By Alex Kapadia
After a flying start and a great race, Rubens Barrichello had to settle for a second consecutive second place finish in Monaco behind Brawn GP team mate Jenson Button today.
The Brazilian suffered with tyres problems – just as he did during the Barcelona Grand Prix.
After graining the car tyres he struggled to manage the deteriorating rubber on his car as well at the has his team mate – despite moving up from third to second position.
“Just like Barcelona I had a great start… I was able to have a run on Kimi and get second,” Barrichello told reporters.
“After that I ran at a tremendous pace. I was running really well behind Jenson but possibly just too close, because just losing that little bit of aerodynamic (grip) I was sliding a little bit more without the air in front and I grained the rear tyres.
“So from doing 1:16 (laptimes) I started to do 1:20s and Jenson gained three to four seconds a lap and that defined the race pretty much.”
He went on: “If you look back to qualifying, it was also defined then because, you have a great momentum when you start from the front.
“Nevertheless I had a great weekend, the car was perfect throughout. It was a pity we had the graining and then, during the second stint, my seatbelt started to get looser, so I had to start driving differently.
“I had a great time, though it wasn’t as easy as it looked from the outside. I’m proud of what we achieved today.”