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"If I hadn't made that move I probably would have finished third or fourth. I had to make it stick and I did," he said later.
"The talk of pressure never came out of my mouth," Button added. "Why shouldn't I be positive? I've got a 14-point lead with four races to go."
Both Barrichello and Button know how lucky they are to be here. Honda, struggling with the recession like all auto makers, pulled the plug on the team at the end of last season. Through the winter, Button and Barrichello did not know if they'd have a ride this season. But the team boss, Ross Brawn, brought the team back to life, gave it his name and, to everyone's surprise, produced a car that immediately proved to be a winner. In preseason tests, both drivers got their first inkling that this, finally, might be their year.
"I remember like it was yesterday," Barrichello said Sunday. "Jenson did the first four laps in the car and I went to ask him and he said, 'It's a great car.' And I will never forget that. ... I said, 'Get the hell out of there, I want to drive!'"
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