Queen Elizabeth II to Honor Ross Brawn, Jenson Button

It's becoming a quite common tradition in the UK for the world champions of Formula One to make the New Year Honours list of the Queen. After Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 F1 championship, Queen Elizabeth II honored the McLaren racer with the Member of the British Empire (MBE).

Now, it is time for Jenson Button to get the honors, as revealed by several British media in recent weeks. However, he will not stand alone before the Queen, but joined by none other than the very man he let down at the end of the 2009 season, Ross Brawn. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Brawn GP team owner last season will also be honored with distinction from the Queen.

However, the aforementioned source did not disclose any information on Brawn's honors. Considering his immense contribution to the sport of motor racing in the UK, the 54-year old may receive a higher honor from Queen Elizabeth II, such as an OBE or a knighthood, as compared to Button's MBE.

Before the end of the 2009 season, when Brawn GP already bagged its two world titles following the Brazilian Grand Prix, the very supremo of Formula One Bernie Ecclestone argued that his fellow countryman should be knighted for his entire career in motorsport, which also includes world titles with Benetton-Renault and Ferrari.

Royal recognition is all too rare in our sport, but it would be well deserved if offered to the right man. And to honor Ross would be only right and proper,” said Ecclestone at the time, in an interview with the Sunday Express.

If the aforementioned report from the Daily Telegraph were true, Brawn would be the third British figure in Formula One to receive an honor from the Queen in the last 2 years.
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