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Button argues Barrichello`s case at Honda.

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.

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.”

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OZF1Fan - Unregistered

November 10, 2008 7:20 PM

From where I am standing, Barichello deserves the driver's seat at Honda MORE than Jenson does. Rubens scored 11 points to Jenson's only three. Talk about an underperformed and underachiever driver. Jenson sorely needs to shot his mouth and allow his driving do the taking.

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