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Brawn didn't make strategy call, reveals Button.

Jenson Button has pointed out that Brawn GP's 1-2 result was the result of teamwork, not just behind the scenes at the team's Brackley factory, but also on the pit-wall when it came to taking vital strategic decisions during qualifying and the race.

Asked whether team boss Ross Brawn deserved the credit for him chasing team-mate Rubens Barrichello across the line, having defeated the KERS-equipped cars of Ferrari and McLaren in the process, the Briton pointed out that the former Ferrari strategist did not even make most of the key gameplan decisions in his own team, rather evaluating those made by other members of the backroom staff.

"You can't put a race win down to one individual, I don't think," Button insisted, "It's down to a group of individuals, and we've got a lot of very talented people within our team that come up with the strategies.

"Ross is not the strategist in our team. We have certain people that go through all the different scenarios throughout a race, and they came up with the idea [of going with a one-stop strategy]. A two-stop was still a possibility, but we went for a one-stop because we just thought we had to get off the line first and lead into turn one, otherwise it wouldn't have worked.

"The strategists talk to the engineers and talk to Ross and talk to the drivers, and we decide whatever strategy to go for. Some of us disagree sometimes, but we normally come up with the right option. Ross is a great individual, but he would say it's not down to one person."

With team-mate Barrichello claiming his second win in three races, Button left Monza with a reduced 14-point advantage in the championship standings, but remains confident of being able to maintain the upper hand through the remaining four rounds.

"Obviously I would rather be where Rubens is sat, but he did a better job this weekend," the Briton admitted in the post-race press conference, "But second is good. I lost two points to Rubens, but gained seven points on [Sebastian] Vettel, so this guy here is my closest rival. And it is good. I think we have got a good relationship. But we are very competitive people, so I am sure we are going to take down to the wire."

The championship leader pointed to two key moments that helped to define his race, both of which involved McLaren drivers.

"If we had KERS, maybe we would go for another strategy, but knowing that the KERS runners were going to go light, or thinking they were going to go light for a two-stop, a one-stop was the best option for us," Button reflected, "Our main competitor, we felt, was [Heikki] Kovalainen, but he had a very tough first lap and we both got past him which was very, very important.

"Rubens and myself were pretty good down into turn one, and Kovalainen was struggling a little bit, but he braked late so I was sat behind him through the second chicane. Then, through Lesmo One, I just put a nose up the inside and he ran a touch wide, so I was able to get him through Lesmo Two. It was a much-needed move - if I hadn't made it, I probably would have finished third or fourth, so I had to make it stick and I did.




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