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Barrichello: 'confident' 06 Apr 2003

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari prepares to qualify.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos, Brazil, 5 April 2003

Every time that Rubens Barrichello moves in Interlagos, his enthusiastic fan club in the grandstand opposite the Ferrari garage goes into overdrive with cheering and banner waving. The Brazilian admits that in the past such support has been a burden, but now he has found the way to turn it into something positive from which he can draw to improve his own performance.

This afternoon's race gives him his best-ever chance of winning at home, something that Brazilian drivers have done in 1973, 1983 and 1993.

"That's a bit too much pressure," he admitted. "As I've said before and during the weekend, Formula One has turned me into a person who doesn't believe much in the sense of the past. You've got to believe in real things. I have a competitive car. I think I've chosen the right strategy. I am confident that I can do well and I hope I am going to be there fighting."

Barrichello said that preparing for the race is a big challenge mentally, especially given that teams can no longer work on their cars overnight.

"Sitting in a competitive car around here and waving to my public from pole position ... the only wish I have is to win the race."