The British Racing Drivers' Club celebrated motor racing achievements of 2009 in style earlier this week when it hosted the BRDC Annual Awards Luncheon in London.
The ceremony was attended by motor racings finest while British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown appeared to present F1 champion Jenson Button with one of his awards - the Richard Seaman Trophy.
“We have a world champion in whom we have so much pride, who fought back against all the odds, who achieved something when some people thought at the beginning of the season it was impossible,” Brown said. “Jenson, the whole country is proud of you. You are a brilliant ambassador for British sport.”
Button collected no fewer than four awards - including the prestigious BRDC Gold Star, presented to him by ten-time BRDC Gold Star winner, Sir Stirling Moss OBE.
Button, however, wasn't the only driver being celebrated at the prestigious Awards ceremony. Dario Franchitti was presented with his first Gold Star after winning his second IndyCar Series Driver's Championship in 2009, while British Touring Car Championship driver Jason Plato was also in attendance to receive the BRDC's highest national racing accolade, the BRDC Silver Star.
The achievements of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were recognised, with the two drivers being awarded the John Cobb Trophy and Johnny Wakefield Trophy respectively.
Fellow F1 driver Mark Webber was honoured with both the Innes Ireland and Bruce McLaren Trophies while the successes of Ross Brawn and Adrian Newey were also recognised, with the duo being presented with the Colin Chapman Trophy (awarded to an individual who has shown great team spirit) and the Sir Jackie Stewart Award (presented to a motor sport engineer who has shown brilliance during the course of the season).
A new award, the Henry Surtees Award, was also introduced this year, recognising the most outstanding performance by a BRDC Rising Star. The inaugural winner of this award was Daniel Ricciardo, following his title-winning season in the British F3 Championship.
Full list of BRDC Awards winners:
BRDC Gold Star:
BRDC Gold Star:
BRDC Silver Star:
The Bruce McLaren Trophy:
Given to commenwealth driver who showed most meritorious performance in international motor racing
The Chris Bristow Trophy:
Given to winner of the BRDC McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year award
The Colin Chapman Trophy:
Special award given to individual to have shown great team spirit
The Earl Howe Trophy:
Given to highest placed British driver in the Indianapolis 500
The ERA Club Trophy:
Given to British driver in a British car to have produced most meritorious performance of the year outside the UK
The Fairfield Trophy:
Given for outstanding performance by a BRDC member
The Graham Hill Trophy:
Given for most meritorious performance from a British driver in single-seater racing
The Innes Ireland Trophy:
For best displaying the qualities epitomised by the late Innes Ireland
The John Cobb Trophy:
For British driver in a British car who achieved success of outstanding character
The John Cooper Trophy:
Awarded to British F3 runner to have shown potential as a future World Champion
The Johnny Wakefield Trophy:
For the driver to have posted the quickest race lap on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit
The Nigel Moores Trophy:
Team RAC/West Surrey Racing
Awarded to private team who has show most meritorious performance in international motor racing
The Richard Seaman Trophy:
Awarded to winner of the Gold Star points scoring system
The Silverstone Le Mans Challenge:
Jan Charouz, Tomas Enge and Stefan Mucke
Awarded to drivers to have the highest combined finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours and Silverstone LMS race
The Sir Jackie Stewart Award:
Given to motor sport engineer to how brilliance during the season
The Spencer Charrington Trophy:
Given to highest placed British driver in the British F3 International Series
The Woolf Barnato Trophy:
Given to highest placed British driver in a British car at the Le Mans 24 Hours
The ACO Award:
Presented to the highest placed British driver in the Le Mans 24 Hours
The Henry Surtees Award:
Awarded for most outstanding performance by a rising star