Barrichello ready to help Schumacher

Rubens Barrichello has given up on his world title hopes and agreed to back Michael Schumacher's battle for the championship in the final three races

Barrichello ready to help Schumacher

Having fallen 31 points behind his team leader the Brazilian has promised to support the double champion's bid to win his third world title -- and Ferrari's first since 1979 --starting on Sunday.

Barrichello said he had held talks with the team and Schumacher after the German's unexpectedly dominant display in Italy two weeks ago moved him within two points of title rival Mika Hakkinen.

"We know that Michael is fighting for the championship, at this moment it is my duty to help him and to deny McLaren points," said Barrichello.

"We talked about it after Monza. We don't want to destroy what we have worked so hard to create with all the work we have done this season.

"The objectives are clear. We have to tighten ourselves around Michael and help bring the title back in Italy after 21 years of absence."

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