Williams driver Rubens Barrichello has come out in support of rival Lewis Hamilton, saying he believes the pressure of the media has played a part in Hamilton’s poor results this season.
Hamilton incurred his fifth drive-through penalty of the year at the Singapore Grand Prix 11 days ago, running into Felipe Massa's Ferrari.
Barrichello believes Hamilton's high profile position has cast him as the villain while other drivers in the middle of the pack and off-camera avoid punishment.
"Formula One has more overtaking nowadays, but in reality DRS (drag reduction system) has made some cars quicker in qualifying, but not as quick in racing," Barrichello said.
"That makes the grid and you have more overtaking from this. He (Hamilton) has been caught more there (the grid), but then he has been the one who has done more overtaking than some of the others.
"I'm not saying everything is okay, but as far as I'm concerned it would be too unfair to pinpoint this or that. If the camera was looking at 13th and 14th, for example, it would amaze you what is happening there.
"Sometimes we get to the briefing and say to Charlie (Whiting, race director) 'I tried to overtake this guy but he just blocked me', but he didn't see it. It's just because he (Hamilton) is on TV, and he is a guy who can get to the top and win a race."
There was speculation that other drivers might lodge a complaint against Hamilton, but Barrichello dismissed the rumour, saying "I don't think that's happening. I think someone has made that up. During the briefings we talk about everything, and then with the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers' Association) we get together and talk a bit further.
"For example, a lot was said about what (Michael) Schumacher did to Lewis at Monza (weaving across his line), that it was unfair, but then it got to the briefing and nobody actually said anything.
“There's too much talking and not enough action, so I don't think there will be anything regarding Lewis."
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