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Jenson Button to receive MBE in New Year honours

Following in the wheel tracks of future McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button is to be recognised for his against-the-odds title triumph with an MBE in the Queen's New Year honours list
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 reports.

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.

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decko - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 12:59 PM

Crash so glad you pointed out that MBE stands for Member of the british Empire, I though it stood for Mad Bernie Ecclestone. Love F1, thankfully scumacher wasn't a brit, if he was though he might have behaved himself a bit more corinthian and its a knight hood they get for more than one title see Sir Jackie, although it does help if your mates with HM Royal Family

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