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.”