Button honoured at Buckingham Palace 02 Jun 2010
Just days after clinching second place at the Turkish Grand Prix, McLarens Jenson Button took time to reflect on his title-winning success of 2009 on Wednesday, as he was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London. World champion Button, who took the title driving for Brawn GP, was named in the Queens New Year Honours list.
The last 18 months have been an incredible period in my life, said the British driver after receiving his award. Starting last year facing almost impossible odds, I achieved my childhood dream of winning the Formula One world championship and Im now driving for one of the greatest teams in the sport.
To also be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen and the British people is the greatest honour I could possibly imagine. My whole life in motorsport has been an incredible journey. When I started karting as an eight year-old boy, I could only dream of racing in Formula One, or becoming world champion. Even now, those dreams still feel unbelievable and fantastic to me.
To visit Buckingham Palace today is another huge step along that journey. To be awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen is a very great honour for me, and a significant milestone in my life. Today makes me incredibly proud to be British, and to be able represent my country on the worlds stage. Being Formula One world champion, and receiving the MBE, carries with it great responsibility that I am proud to take on and uphold.
Buttons McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton received an MBE last year, following his 2008 title.