Brawn GP confirmed their return to form with an excellent 1-2 finish at Monza today with Rubens Barrichello taking the chequered flag, followed closely by team-mate and current chamionship leader Jenson Button.
The 2009 championship has become effectively a race between teammates, after the Brawns finished one-two at Monza and their title rivals at Red Bull had a poor Italian grand prix.
"The man sat next to me here is obviously my big rival for the title now," said second placed Jenson Button, referring to his lead over winner Rubens Barrichello that shrank by 2 points to 14 on Sunday.
Red Bull's Mark Webber retired after a first lap clash, leaving his teammate Sebastian Vettel as the Brawns' closest championship rival after struggling to just eighth place.
The German's points gap to drivers' title leader Button, however, blew out to 26 points, meaning he needs to score an unlikely 7 points more than his British rival at each of the remaining four races to be champion.
Ross Brawn suggested F1 must now look within his Brackley based team to find the winner of the 2009 championship.
"All I ask from my drivers now is they compete fairly and openly, they have got to work together fairly, but they're old enough to deal with it," he smiled.
|2||22||Jenson Button||Brawn-Mercedes||53||+2.8 secs||6||8|
|3||4||Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||53||+30.6 secs||3||6|
|4||20||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||53||+31.1 secs||2||5|
|5||7||Fernando Alonso||Renault||53||+59.1 secs||8||4|
|6||2||Heikki Kovalainen||McLaren-Mercedes||53||+60.6 secs||4||3|
|7||6||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||53||+82.4 secs||15||2|
|8||15||Sebastian Vettel||RBR-Renault||53||+85.4 secs||9||1|
|9||3||Giancarlo Fisichella||Ferrari||53||+86.8 secs||14|
|10||17||Kazuki Nakajima||Williams-Toyota||53||+162.163 secs||17|
|11||10||Timo Glock||Toyota||53||+163.925 secs||16|
|13||12||Sebastien Buemi||STR-Ferrari||52||+1 Lap||19|
|14||9||Jarno Trulli||Toyota||52||+1 Lap||11|
|15||8||Romain Grosjean||Renault||52||+1 Lap||12|
|16||16||Nico Rosberg||Williams-Toyota||51||+2 Laps||18|
|Ret||21||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||22||+31 Laps||7|
|Ret||11||Jaime Alguersuari||STR-Ferrari||19||+34 Laps||20|
|Ret||5||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||15||+38 Laps||13|