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Barrichello looks to strong Monza track record

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Rubens Barrichello has won three Italian Grands Prix © Sutton Images
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After his 300th grand prix ended in disappointment on the opening lap at Spa Francorchamps, Rubens Barrichello is hoping for a more fruitful Italian Grand Prix weekend.

Barrichello misjudged his braking going into Blanchimont and skidded into the side of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari on the greasy surface, putting him out of the race. But the popular Brazilian is confident that his strong track record at Monza will stand him in good stead.

"Three wins and two podiums wins at the Autodromo Nazionale make it statistically my best rack, but never mind the numbers, it is a circuit I love and I always travel to Italy with affection and excitement," said Barrichello. "My positive record at the track and the work we have done to prepare for both the downforce and kerb requirements means that I am full of optimism. It was great to celebrate my 300th Grand Prix in Spa, but the race didn't go to plan. We will pick up our momentum again in Monza."

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg has significantly less experience of racing at Monza, although his first race at the venue ended well.

"I have only raced once at Monza in last season's GP2 Championship, but I immediately enjoyed the challenge of its high speed nature and one of the races ended for me in a podium," said Hulkenberg. "So I am approaching next weekend with a degree of respect that such a circuit demands, but equally I feel that it is time that both the car performance we are finding and my own work behind the wheel deserves to be reflected in better results more often, so my respect will be balanced with a really determined approach to the race weekend."

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