Jenson Button Gives Title-Winning Speech at Brackley Headquarters
The very night following his title-clincher Brazilian Grand Prix, Button preferred to go up to his hotel room and properly digest the fact that he was the newly crowned world champion of Formula One. He got on the plane the next morning and had to attend a media event on behalf of Virgin Media, at which more than 600 fans attended and asked for his autographs.
Then finally, it was time for Jenson to return to his Brackley roots and thank the entire staff in the UK for the huge support during the 2009 campaign. An emotional Button thanked his team with a champagne glass in his hand and his 6 race-winning trophies alongside the stage.
“That’s why I didn’t have a voice for two days after the race! I’m really here today to say a massive well done and thank you to everyone at the team,” said Button, who entered the Brackley headquarters' auditorium to the sound of his post-race ‘We are the Champions’ radio rendition. More than 450 employees attended the event.
“We’ve worked so hard for these achievements for so many years. Some of us were here from the beginning back in 1998 and I arrived halfway through our journey in 2003 but everyone has put so much work in. I know that there have been a lot of very difficult times and over the winter there were times when we didn’t think that we would be here at all.”
“It’s very sad that not everyone can be here who worked on this fantastic car. But the team had to become smaller to continue and together we produced a car that has been exceptional this season.”
“But we fought back hard and when we needed to improve the car, you guys did it. Rubens gave us two more wins in Valencia and Monza at an important time to boost our morale and prove just how quick the car was. We have a great leader, a fantastic leader, in Ross. The Big Bear can’t be here today but I know that when he gets back, he’ll be celebrating with you!”
“We proved in Brazil last weekend that we deserve these Championships. We’ve fought so hard and a Championship season is about achieving the results when you need to. We’ve had some difficult races but we always did the best job that we could. So we should raise our glasses as the new Formula One World Champions of 2009.”
“We’ve done what we set out to achieve. It really is going to take some time to sink that we are there. Celebrating our victories here with you today means so much to me and we are really going to enjoy this moment. Thank you so very much for your amazing contribution to our successes,” ended Button his speech.