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Bullish Barrichello ready for anything

india Updated: Oct 02, 2009 15:52 IST

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While variable weather threatens to turn the Japanese Grand Prix into something of a lottery, Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello is one man who is ready to embrace the chaotic conditions.

The veteran Brazilian, who finished the first practice at Suzuka in ninth before electing to sit out the rain-affected second session altogether, said he was looking forward to what is shaping as a topsy-turvy weekend.

"I don't pretend to think this is better or worse for me," he said.

"It's a bit of a lottery when that happens, so this throws things up in the air a little bit. I just like it. I think that's very exciting, as it's just a different challenge altogether.

"We have seven drivers, I think, this weekend who have never been here in the dry, so it's a shame for them -- but all in all, it's a good challenge for everyone."

Barrichello, who trails team-mate Jenson Button by 15 points in the drivers' championship with three races remaining, hasn't scored a point at Suzuka in three races since winning in Suzuka for Ferrari in 2003.

But he felt there was little to be gained by driving in the rain-lashed afternoon practice.

"Unfortunately today was far too wet," he said.

"When I saw everyone getting ready right at the end, I thought we were going to go (on track). But when I got (to the pits), my car was already in bits, so I was a bit disappointed.

"It was a good call (however), as there were no big things to learn."

Barrichello may be the most experienced driver in F1 history -- Sunday will be his 286th race start -- but he said experience would not be a decisive factor in whether he can bridge the gap to Button.

"You cannot have experience without the speed," he said.

"Experience will count at some point in the weekend and in the race, but speed is the main factor for now. Putting the car on pole, it's not down to experience."

Button, meanwhile, also sat out the second session and admitted it was difficult for the team to glean any useful information to carry into the weekend.

"We spent the morning session working on the balance of the car with the wet and intermediate tyres to ensure that we are prepared if the same wet weather does continue over the weekend," said the Briton.

"It was important to achieve some running and it feels good to be back at Suzuka. This is a great drivers' track so hopefully we'll get some dry running on Saturday."