Ross Brawn concedes his team is now in the perfect position to win the world championship this year after its brilliant one-two finish in the Italian Grand Prix.
Although he determined not to take anything for granted about the title now being in the bag for either of his drivers, Brawn believes the points situation – plus the big car upgrade his team has in line for the Singapore Grand Prix – has left it in the driving seat to take the crown.
"It was obviously a great weekend," said Brawn about the Monza performance. "You can never say it is crucial because are still four races – 40 points – for the winner, and a long way to go. But it was a great result. I think it was a real, I would not say rejuvenation, but a real boost to the team going into the last four races.
"I said the other day, I think the last four races should be split in terms of which ones are suiting us and which suit them [Red Bull Racing]. We have got a big upgrade for Singapore, so we are in as good a position as we had hoped to be at the moment."
While Brawn can mathematically kill off Red Bull Racing's title chances in the next race in Singapore, he thinks the fight between his own drivers will go on for some time. And he insists that Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello must be left alone to battle it out for themselves – rather than facing any interference from the team.
"I think we have to," said Brawn. "Any attempt to control it will end in failure! We said we would not give any preference until it was mathematically impossible for one to win, and I think this is going to go all the way until the last race.
"Everything is open on the table. So, they have had years of co-operating and they are continuing to co-operate. They share the information, and the engineers are good friends, they are trying to beat each other, and it is done in a healthy spirit and we must make sure that is maintained.
"We must make sure there is no deviation from that, because the team will remain strong as we all work together."
Brawn feels that Barrichello and Button would have different approaches to the final four races of the season because of their different championship positions.
"Well, Rubens has nothing to lose really. Jenson is the one with it to lose," he said. "So Rubens can maybe afford to be a bit more aggressive, and Jenson is going to be thinking more about scoring points. It is natural in this situation. So, there is a different mode I am sure for both of them. But they have both been around a very long time, so I don't think it will be a problem."