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Barrichello already celebrating winning year

Rubens Barrichello insists that, whether or not he is successful in his F1 world championship quest, this season will be one to look back on and celebrate for a number of different reasons.

The Brazilian remains as Brawn GP team-mate Jenson Button's only realistic championship challenger after winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday - Red Bull rivals Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber both need multiple wins and additional podium finishes to ties with the Briton's current tally - but insists that, after the uncertain start to the year, just being on the grid was reason to be happy.

That the Mercedes-powered BGP001 has proven to be such a revelation in Brawn's first year after rising out of the ashes of Honda only added to the cause for celebration, and two wins in the past three races promise to prolong the interest right to the end of the campaign.

"I think it is a winning year whatever happens," Barrichello insisted after stepping down from the podium at Monza, "We have got to remember that, not long ago, we had no jobs. We did not know what is going to happen, and now we are driving a fantastic car with a fantastic engine.

"[Fighting for the championship] means a lot. It means that I can show my true me. For many years, people asked 'why didn't he leave Ferrari before', because the car was the best available and I still had to overcome all the problems - and some world champion called Michael [Schumacher]. That's life. You learn by your mistakes, you learn by everything.

"I really had fun at Ferrari, and it made me a better driver as well, so everything that's happening now is because of all the times that I had in F1. The only thing that is more important than anything else is that you have to believe in yourself and that's the main thing, the whole thing in life itself. It's you waking up, thankful for the chance that you have and going for it. It's as good as that and, as I said before, for me it's already a winning year.

"I went through the first of January, I went through the first of February, not knowing if I was going to be racing. I remember it like it was yesterday. Jenson did the first four laps in the car and I went to ask him about it and he said 'it's a great car' - and I will never forget that. I said 'get the hell out of there, I want to drive!'. It was a great feeling and it feels good to be challenging - and fighting your team-mate."

Despite having picked up the team's only two wins since Button rattled off six wins in the opening seven races, Barrichello remains confident that the BGP001 will remain competitive over the final four rounds, where the title ought to be decided in favour of once side of the garage or the other.

"I think so," he claimed, "I think Singapore can be quite good - it is warm weather and part of the race is at eight o'clock and it was still quite hot. The sun is not there, but I think we can expect to perform quite well there.

"We have Suzuka that might be cold and Abu Dhabi, strangely enough, they told us could be cold too. I cannot imagine going to Abu Dhabi with cold weather, but it might happen. I think Brazil can be quite good for us as well. I think the package is good. We have been the team winning the most, but the most consistent team as well. Where we didn't do very well, we still did okay."



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Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Brawn BGP001, German F1 Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 10-12th, July 2009
Rubens Barrichello [Pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello [Pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello celebrates his first victory of 2009 for Brawn GP alongside McLaren-Mercedes` runner-up Lewis Hamilton in the European Grand Prix in Valencia [pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello celebrates his first victory of 2009 for Brawn GP in the European Grand Prix in Valencia [pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello celebrates his first victory of 2009 for Brawn GP in the European Grand Prix in Valencia [pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello celebrates his first victory of 2009 for Brawn GP in the European Grand Prix in Valencia [pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello - Brawn-Mercedes BGP001   [pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello - Brawn-Mercedes BGP001   [pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello - Brawn-Mercedes BGP001   [pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button celebrate a Brawn 1-2 at Monza   [pic credit: Brawn GP]
Rubens Barrichello celebrates victory at Monza   [pic credit: Brawn GP]

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Tiger - Unregistered

September 15, 2009 10:12 AM

It's great to see Barrichello happy, he seems to be a mood driver and goes better when he's happy! He's had the slightest of edges over Button in their time as teammates over the years apart from the start of this year. But as he has got his braking issues sorted that he had in the first part of the season with this car he's flying. Should be an exciteing end to the season whoever wins the title now! Let's hope he doesn't have ant problems and the championship goes down to the wire!

Shirley Knott

September 15, 2009 12:29 PM

Personally I would like to see Rubens take it this year. Jenson's done a fantastic job, (I know he's lost it in the last few trips) but Rubens has played '2nd fiddle' for so long to so many other drivers. It would be great to see him with number 1 on HIS car for a change!!



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