MONZA, Italy - Rubens Barrichello picked up his second win in three races to lead Brawn GP to a 1-2 finish at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday that put the British team in the driver's seat for the Formula One title.
Barrichello and teammate Jenson Button both used one-stop strategies to get the sweep at the Monza circuit and severely hamper Red Bull's title aspirations.
"It was a great decision. The guys with KERS (power boost) had 20 meters on us in the start, and we had to have that in mind," Barrichello, 37, said of the strategy. "Our pace was good enough to be in front of them by the last pit stop."
The former Ferrari driver shaved two points off Button's overall lead by getting within 14 points with four races left. Button has 80 points, Barrichello 66. Sebastian Vettel has 54 and Mark Webber 51.5. Brawn GP leads Red Bull by 40.5 points in the constructors' series.
Barrichello is relishing the prospect of a battle against his teammate after playing second fiddle to Michael Schumacher for so many years at Ferrari.
"I can show my true me behind the wheel," Barrichello said after picking up his 11th career win.
Lewis Hamilton of McLaren crashed on his final lap while running third, allowing Kimi Raikkonen to finish on the podium for the fourth straight time at Ferrari's home race.