Williams driver explains why he threw his steering wheel from his car
19 May 2010

F1 driver Rubens Barrichello has denied he acted recklessly by throwing his steering wheel from his crashed car during the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Brazilian crashed out at high-speed on lap 31 of the race when his suspension failed, hitting the barriers on both sides of the track.

He then threw his steering wheel from the car, and it was subsequently run over by HRT's Karun Chandhok. He dragged it as far as the tunnel section, where it was subsequently run over by his team-mate Bruno Senna.

Barrichello's action was in contravention of the rules, which state a driver must replace a car's steering wheel after he has vacated it.

"I threw the steering wheel because I wanted to get out of the car as soon as possible," said Barrichello. "After the shunt I was facing the wrong side of the track and the car was on fire."

Williams co-owner Patrick Head backed Barrichello's actions, saying: "If you are standing in the middle of a 120mph corner, you tend to think 'let's get out of here as quickly as you can'."

Deborah Chennells

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19 May 2010

I would find that perfectly believeable... if he actually tried to get out of the car as quickly as possible. My recollection of the TV coverage was that he didn't appear to be in that much of a hurry.

19 May 2010

[quote disco.stu]My recollection of the TV coverage was that he didn't appear to be in that much of a hurry.[/quote]

Agreed.

It seemed to me to be a classic example of a big kid throwing his toys out of the pram.

19 May 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]

[quote disco.stu]My recollection of the TV coverage was that he didn't appear to be in that much of a hurry.[/quote]

Agreed.

It seemed to me to be a classic example of a big kid throwing his toys out of the pram.

[/quote]

+1. But in his defence, very out of character.

19 May 2010

His statement is pathetic, and a shame as I like him. Surely he is going to be punished for this?

19 May 2010

I can see why he wanted to get out quickly. The regs say you have to replace the steering wheel but the car wasn't going anywhere and as Rubens said it was on fire too. Drivers regularly throw them away from the car after a big crash though. It's only dramatic here because it got picked up by another car. That's the fun of Monaco !

Being as they're worth about £30k each, I wondered if the steering wheel was nabbed by a souvenir hunter when it was finally released. Adam Cooper told me that race control instructed the marshalls to keep hold of it and that Williams had said it was pretty much ok after it's journey round the track ! Amazing !

19 May 2010

I remember wondering why he didn't throw the wheel out of the other side of the car rather than on to the line. But then I guess when you're pointing the wrong way on a racetrack with cars bearing down on you then maybe you don't make the most rational choices. I think punishing him would be harsh. Better a quiet word in private and slapped wrists.

Love the smell of a V8 in the morning.

19 May 2010

a bad excuse and i hope he does get a penalty. i like the man though.

19 May 2010

This was the first of the only 2 interesting things which happened in the race! (Neither of which we saw live). A very silly thing to do though.

19 May 2010

Montoya's do well in America, Ruben's ?!

Peter Cavellini.

19 May 2010

It did seem pretty reckless to me but as pointed out if your cars on fire you just want to get out of there as fast as possible. I think a slap on the wrist is all he deserves though.

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