Rubens Barrichello stood on top of the podium at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but his appearance there belied another dominant performance from Michael Schumacher in the United States Grand Prix.
The German controlled the race from start to finish, emerging ahead of his team-mate after both of his scheduled pit-stops and monitoring the gap between them until the final corner, when he casually allowed his F2002 to ride higher than usual on the famous banking.
It was Ferrari’s eighth one-two finish of the season. Barrichello said “To win, it was very, very, very good… I got to the last corner, I didn’t know what to do and nothing has been said. Michael was just very kind to, you know, let us finish equally. I guess I pointed a little bit in front, but, you know, what can we say?” Schumacher said “The end of the race was not planned… We tried to cross the line together but failed by a tiny bit and in fact we did not know who had won until we got out of the cars. I just felt Rubens deserved to win this race.”