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SAO PAULO - Home town hope Rubens Barrichello is convinced he still has a chance of overhauling his Brawn Grand Prix teammate Jenson Button to win this year's drivers' world championship.
The 37-year-old Brazilian, who is 14 points behind the 29-year-old Briton with two races remaining, will go into the Brazilian GP this weekend fuelled as much by local passion as high-speed fuel.
"I have to win and then worry about everybody else afterwards," he said. "That includes Jenson, of course. For me, I'm just there to do my best and believe it is possible and that is what I aim to do."
Barrichello, a native of Sao Paulo, is bidding to crown his long and exceptional career with the ultimate honour of the title before he decides his future, having opened talks with rivals Williams as well as his current Brawn outfit.
For Brawn GP, on the threshold of winning the constructors' championship in their first season following a buyout of the former Honda outfit, a delicate but thrilling weekend lies ahead.
Champion-elect Button is also in talks with the team about his future - a situation that leaves team chief Ross Brawn needing to stay calm and juggle a number of political and sporting issues as he attempts to guide them over the line.
Brawn need only one more point to make sure of the team title - they lead Red Bull by 156 to 120,5 points - but are also almost certain to decide the destiny of the drivers' crown, with Button on 85 points and Barrichello on 70.
German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull cannot be discounted from the title race as he has 69 points. - Sapa-AFP