Eponymous Formula One team owner Ross Brawn has admitted that he is confident that one of his drivers can triumph on the streets of Singapore this weekend, but refuses to anticipate a first world title until there is no doubt that it is headed for Brackley.

Similarly, Brawn insists that he is delighted to have both of his drivers in contention for the title, possibly as the only two legitimate candidates despite Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel holding outside chances, and maintains that there will be no team orders imposed to spoil the show over the final four races.

Thanks to the early season success enjoyed by Jenson Button and the two wins in three races recently achieved by Rubens Barrichello, Brawn heads to this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix with a healthy 40-point advantage over Red Bull in the constructors' standings, but Brawn refuses to accept that the title is secure just yet.

"Mathematically, it is not done and, until it is done mathematically, I don't relax and the team does not relax," he told the official F1 website, "It would obviously be fantastic to have the last one or two races without the pressure of the championship, but we are prepared either way. And I have learned from many years in the sport that you don't take anything for granted until it is actually completed."

After success on the streets of both Monaco and Valencia this season, Brawn is confident that one or other of his drivers can come out on top in Singapore, despite the race being run in the supposedly cooler night temperatures.

"I think we have a strong performance at these sort of tracks and the tyre temperature should not be a severe consideration for us," he insisted, "We have a nice aero upgrade here which is worth several tenths of a second, so we should be looking forward to a competitive weekend.

"If I look at the remaining tracks, I think this should be one of the strongest - and Abu Dhabi should also work very well. Possibly, we will find Suzuka and Interlagos a little bit more challenging, so this is a track that we want to get the most from."

With Button's championship lead being eroded in recent races, and both Red Bull drivers still mathematically in contention for the drivers' crown behind second-placed Barrichello, the four-way fight remains open heading into the final four races, but Brawn continues to emphasise that there will be no favouritism shown to the Briton in order to secure the crown.

"With two drivers who are so close in performance, it is inevitable with a sport as complex as F1 racing that one race will favour one more than the other, and when one starts to get the impetus it is quite difficult for the other to break that impetus," he reasoned, "It seems that the little difficult period we had mid-season hurt Jenson a little bit more than it did Rubens - Rubens found solutions more quickly than Jenson, and now he has got the upper hand slightly.

"But it's a very close contest and, at this race, it could easily go the other way again. I am very delighted to have two drivers who both fight for the championship [but] we have to fight in a correct and proper way."


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