2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button is to receive an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen's annual New Year honours list for his spectacular phoenix-from-the-flames like title glory this season – twelve months on from the same distinction being bestowed upon compatriot and championship-winning predecessor Lewis Hamilton.
Indeed, the two Brits' achievements are increasingly beginning to emulate one another – with both having lifted the ultimate laurels, both having been pipped to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year
accolade and both now being recognised with an MBE, the Daily Mirror
What's more, both will drive for McLaren-Mercedes in F1 2010 following Button's surprise defection from Brawn GP/Mercedes Grand Prix, but there the similarities end. Whilst Hamilton entered the 2008 campaign as one of the hotly-tipped favourites, Button was a rank 100-1 outsider – indeed, the odds on him making the grid at all for the Melbourne curtain-raiser were hardly encouraging, in the wake of Honda's sudden and unexpected withdrawal at the end of the previous year.
That he and Brawn GP not only survived but then went on to dominate proceedings throughout the first half of 2009 is the stuff fairytales are made of – and an MBE is a fitting reward. And as regards the question as to whether he or Hamilton is the greater champion, well, that will only truly be answered in 2010.