Jenson Button has added his voice to those who are urging Honda to retain Rubens Barrichello in Formula 1 in 2009, by echoing the Brazilian's argument that experience will count for plenty in the sport's brave new technological era.

The Brackley-based outfit's CEO Nick Fry hinted recently that the squad is seeking 'fresh blood' for next year, and GP2 Series race-winners Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi are both set to get a run in the Japanese manufacturer's unloved RA108 at Barcelona later this month.

Honda is understood to be under pressure to have at least one Brazilian driver on-board at the behest of new sponsor Petrobras.

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With the sweeping aerodynamic and regulation changes set to be introduced next season, Barrichello has insisted that not only will his experience - as the driver with the most grand prix starts under his belt in F1 history - be of crucial benefit, but also that he is 'driving better than ever' [see separate story - click here]. Button clearly agrees.

"I don't think Rubens lies," the 28-year-old British star - similarly still without a deal in place for 2009 - is quoted as having said by F1SA. "I think he tells the truth - which is always good in a team-mate - and he has put in some very good performances.

"They (the team) 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's not my decision."