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Barrichello Fails to Start the French GP

Brazilian Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello failed to start the French Grand Prix, boosting his teammate Michael Schumacher's chances of grabbing a fifth world title on Sunday.

German Schumacher needed to win the race -- with Barrichello and Colombian Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya finishing third or lower -- to equal Juan Manuel Fangio's record haul of world crowns.

Barrichello, who had qualified in third place, failed to start the formation lap, his car left sitting on the grid with the front end jacked up as the rest of the field roared past him.

"With a minute to go we tried to turn the car on but the car wouldn't go on," the Brazilian told ITV.

Despite the rules allowing him to start the race at the back of the field from the pit lane, Barrichello walked away from his car as it became clear he was not going to race.

"The car had no revs, nothing. So we tried to press the buttons but nothing happened," added Barrichello.


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