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GP Week : 13-Oct-2009
MIKE Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton ... and in Brazil this weekend, Jenson Button could add his name to the list of British Formula 1 World Champions, becoming the ninth Brit in history to take the ultimate prize in world motorsport. With two races of the 2009 season left to run, the BrawnGP driver holds a 14-point lead over his team-mate Rubens Barrichello, and a 16 point lead over Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. Button needs a 10 point gap over each of his rivals going into the final race of the season to be assured of the championship, meaning that third position or higher in the Brazilian Grand Prix will see him confirmed as the 2009 Formula 1 World Champion. Third position ranks as Button's best result at Interlagos back in 2006, at a Grand Prix in which the Briton has suffered contrasting fortunes since scoring a point there on only his second F1 race weekend in 2000. In the 16 times that Rubens Barrichello has raced at the Brazilian Grand Prix, he has finished in the points in only a quarter of those races, with a best result of third in 2004. Interlagos has traditionally been seen as a track upon which the Brazilian is cursed, having had numerous opportunities of victory snatched away from him. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, has only raced at Interlagos twice, finishing in the points once, last season in fourth position. The advantage at present, however, seems to sit with the German. While the Brawns were strangely off the pace in Suzuka, Vettel went on to record a dominant win. Most concerning for the Brawn drivers and Button is that Mark Webber, Vettel's team-mate, used the Japanese Grand Prix as a test Button on the brink of joining th Webber's Suzuka 'test' reveals fast Brazil set-up for rivals Red Bull Racing 4