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FORMULA ONE

Rubens Barrichello wins Italian Grand Prix

Brawn GP driver and teammate Jenson Button finish 1-2 at Monza circuit.

September 14, 2009|Associated Press

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 got the sweep at the Monza circuit and severely hampered Red Bull's championship aspirations.

Barrichello, the former Ferrari driver coming off his first victory in five years, last month at Valencia, Spain, is within 14 points of Button's overall lead with four races remaining.

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.

Hamilton's crash also allowed Sebastian Vettel to pick up one point by finishing eighth.

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