September 2002, Rubens Barrichello won the United States Grand Prix. During a season in which Ferrari had already taken the Constructors’ title in Hungary and Michael Schumacher had won the Drivers’ crown in France, the Scuderia tried to create a piece of history at the Indianapolis race, which was dominated from start to finish by the extraordinary F2002. Only eleven hundredths of a second separated the two Ferrari men as they crossed for the seventy third and final time the yard wide strip of bricks that gives the American oval its name.
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“The end of the race hadn’t been planned beforehand,” added the Brazilian. “All race long we had fun, each trying to be quicker than the other: I want to thank Michael for what he did and the team for all its support during the season. The United States is a very important country for me, which makes this day even more special. At the final corner, I didn’t know what to do and it was nice of Michael to try and cross the line at the same time as me. Michael and I both know that what matters most are the interests of the team and it’s in this spirit that we accept the various situations that arise during a season. This year we had fun, winning everything with a perfect car: now I am a happy man.”