Brawn GP were celebrating a one-two win at the Italian Grand Prix having put their mid-season tyres problems well and truly behind them.
Ruben Barrichello took the chequered flag for the second time in three races, with team mate Jenson Button hot on his heels – despite both adopting differnt tyres strategies.
It was a far cry for the previous races where problems getting heat into the tyres has eaten away at the British drivers early runaway lead in the race for the world champion title.
But at the Monza circuit this afternoon it was Barrichello’s turn to bask in the glory – as he closes the gap on his team mate for pole position on the points table.
“It feels great,” the jubilant 37-year-old Brazilian declared when asked how he felt about the apparent rebirth of his career. “I think it is a winning year whatever happens.
“We have got to remember that it is not long ago we had no jobs. We did not know what is going to happen, so we are finally driving a fantastic car with a fantastic engine.
“The team are doing a fantastic job. I must thank them for all of their efforts. The strategy was great. It was really good.
“The work that we put in on Friday was fantastic to achieve this car. You can see that we both had different tyres, different strategies on tyres. But at the end of the day the car was good on both of them.
“So it just feels great, I am going to give my very best. It is going to be a good and a healthy fight and I am looking forward to that.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office