Button wants Barrichello as 2009 teammate

Sat, 8 November 2008, 02:45

Nov.8 (GMM) Rubens Barrichello’s hopes of retaining his Honda race seat next year have been given a vote of confidence by his 2008 teammate

At a press conference promoting the forthcoming Race of Champions event at Wembley, Jenson Button said he would prefer an experienced teammate next year rather than a young gun

Honda is set to evaluate rookies Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi at the Barcelona test later this month, with team executive Nick Fry insisting F1 needs “fresh blood”

But given the sweeping rule changes for 2009, 28-year-old Button does not agree

“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,” the Briton, who is widely expected to stay at Honda next year despite not yet agreeing a new contract, said

Button notes that Barrichello, the most experienced driver in F1 history, has stated he is driving better than ever despite recent uncompetitive Hondas

“I don’t think Rubens lies,” he said. “I think he tells the truth which is always good in a teammate and he has put in some very good performances.”n

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