Jenson Button leads teammate Rubens Barrichello by 14 points in the overall classification with 4 races to go, but the Brazilian veteran clearly picked off some pace in the last 3 events. After recording his maiden win of the season at Valencia last month, the F1 veteran this time led Brawn GP's 4th 1-2 of the year at Monza.
Barrichello scored 12 points more than his teammate in the last 3 races and seems closer and closer to his dream of finally becoming the Formula One champion.
“All I ask from my drivers now is they compete fairly and openly, they have got to work together fairly, but they're old enough to deal with it,” said an enthusiastic Brawn after the Italian Grand Prix.
Barrichello also insisted that the two are keeping their title fight very clean and will drive like crazy until the end.
“There's that old saying that you can only win in formula one if you're tough. We're both nice guys, so this is the end of it. I think the best thing in life is respect. Obviously, when we're finding that the softer spring or the harder spring is the better thing for the car, you go to the other side of the garage and tell them that's what you have found,” said the Brazilian after his win at Monza.
“It's an open book there. We have our meetings and we both go through the check list at the same time, live, so we both can hear,” added the new Barrichello, who a few months ago was accusing his team of favoring Button in the title fight.