Rubens: I had to throw the steering wheel

Tuesday 18th May 2010

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Rubens: I had to throw the steering wheel

Rubens: I had to throw the steering wheel

Rubens Barrichello has defended his decision to fling his steering wheel onto the Monaco track after crashing, claiming he was looking to get out the car as soon as possible.

On lap 31 of the race the Brazilian's FW32 suffered a rear wing failure, putting him into a spin and into the barriers.

The experienced driver then threw his steering wheel out the car before getting out of the car and off the track.

Drivers are required to re-connect their steering wheel - which costs roughly €20,000 - after abandoning their car, but Barrichello has defended his actions, claiming it was a matter of safety.

"I threw the steering wheel because I wanted to get out of the car as soon as possible," he explained.

"After the shunt I was facing the wrong side of the track and the car was on fire."

Barrichello's competitors were less impressed, with the Hispania car of Karun Chandhok driving over the steering wheel soon after, before abandoning the debris further down the circuit only for his team-mate Bruno Senna to drive over it once more.

"What was he doing?," Chandhok asked.

"Charlie [Whiting] actually asked me about it. You see on the video that he just throws it," he added.

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