Button Pleads for Barrichello Stay

With Honda wanting to test some new blood during next week's testing session in Barcelona, Jenson Button urged his team to rethink their drivers' strategy for 2009 and extend Ruben Barrichello's deal for one more season. The Brit, who is believed to have already secured his seat with Honda for 2009, insisted that two experienced drivers would better suit the team's interests, as much will be changed in terms of technical regulations next year.

“There are so many changes aerodynamically with the car, and with the KERS also, and the slick tyres, they will need a lot of feedback from us. And having a new boy in the car, I don't feel that you get as much feedback. But it is not my decision,” said Button earlier this weekend.

The Brit didn't have a very good season in 2007, failing to score points in all races except for one, the Spanish Grand Prix (when he finished the race in 6th place). Not only his point-scoring performances were almost equal to zero this season, but the Honda driver was constantly outpaced in the qualifying session by teammate Barrichello.

More, the Brazilian scored his team's only podium in the last 2 years, finishing 3rd overall in the British Grand Prix. The rainy Silverstone race ended with Barrichello scoring some important 6 points in the constructor's standings, almost half of what Honda managed to put on the scoreboard all season long.

Button himself admitted that Rubens outscored him this season and gives his teammate credit when saying he's had the best racing season of his career.

“He has driven better this year, than at any point since he has been with our team. This is his best season and he says he is driving better now than he ever has done, and I don't think Rubens lies. He tells the truth, which is always good in a teammate, and he has put in some very good performances,” added Button. With an under-developed car and every member of the team focusing solely on the RA 109 for next year, Rubens podium in Great Britain indeed seems more valuable than ever.

However, Honda will test some very promising ex-GP2 drivers next week, Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi, before making their final decision on next year's lineup.
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