Button hails his return to the podium at Italian GP

BRITAIN&rsquo;S Jenson Button toasted a return to form after his first podium finish in six attempts edged him nearer to a maiden world title at the Italian Grand Prix.<br /><br />Button had to watch as Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello took first place at Monza, and shaved two points off his lead in the drivers&rsquo; championship. But with four races remaining he is still a healthy 14 points ahead of Barrichello, while Red Bull rivals Sebastien Vettel and Mark <br />Webber both lost further ground.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s nice to be back up here with second position,&rdquo; said the Englishman. &ldquo;I&rsquo;d rather be where Rubens is, but he deserved it because he did a great job, and he&rsquo;s now my closest rival after taking another seven points out of Vettel.&rdquo;<br /><br />World champion Lewis Hamilton endured another disappointing day, a final-lap crash relegating him to 12th while the pole-sitter chased Button in third position.<br /><br />&ldquo;Lewis started pushing on the final three laps, but I think I had him pretty much covered because it&rsquo;s difficult to pass here,&rdquo; Button added. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what happened to him at the end, but it&rsquo;s a great result for me.&rdquo;<br /><br />A one-stop strategy gave the Brawn pair an edge over Hamilton, and Barrichello praised the tactics. &ldquo;It was a great decision,&rdquo; the Brazilian said. <br />&ldquo;Luckily we had a good start, and the pace was then good enough to be ahead of them by their second stop. At 37 I&rsquo;m driving better than ever.&rdquo;