Rubens Barrichello took his second win of the season and his third in three races today in Italy and then predicted that it is going to be a 'good' and 'healthy' fight for the 2009 F1 drivers' title.
Barrichello has turned his season around in recent months and while at the start of the year his team-mate, Jenson Button, was very much the standard setter, the tables have now turned.
Indeed the Brazilian has had a much better run since the British GP back in June, and following his first victory in five years in Valencia last month, he is now looking increasingly confident and a real threat to Button's title aspirations.
Speaking following the 13th round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship, and with Button's championship lead cut from 16 points to 14, Barrichello thanked his team and then dedicated his victory to his two sons.
"Monza has always been a great track for me and it feels just wonderful to win here again. We made some great decisions this weekend and the work that we achieved on Friday was the key to setting up the result today,” Barrichello stated.
“We had to think strategically in qualifying because of the KERS cars and our one-stop strategy really paid off. I had a great start to get ahead of Heikki [Kovalainen] and from there I had the pace that we needed to beat the two-stopping cars who started ahead of us.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at the factory, here at the track and at Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Brixworth for designing, building and developing such a great car and engine. I'm driving a fantastic car with a fantastic Mercedes-Benz engine and the team is doing a fantastic job!
“It's going to be a good and healthy fight for the championship over the next few races and I'm really looking forward to that. Two wins in three races is pretty good going and I'll be giving it my all.
“And finally I would like to dedicate this win to my two sons Eduardo and Fernando who both had their birthdays this month."
Team boss Ross Brawn meanwhile was delighted to see Barrichello and Jenson Button finish one-two, the fourth time this year the Brackely-based outfit has locked out the top two podium places.