Button & Brawn were acknowledged at the FIA Gala

Jenson Button and the Brawn GP team celebrated their World Championship victories together for one final time as motorsport winners from around the world picked up their prizes at the FIA’s annual prize giving gala in Monte-Carlo.

One wonders how strained the pleasantries were between Button and Brawn after Jenson’s defection to the McLaren team!

The gala evening saw both Brawn and Button officially crowned as champions after respectively securing the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships. Also receiving other awards were winners of all other official FIA championships.

"I am honoured to be here in Monaco this evening to collect the Drivers’ Championship trophy and to see my name engraved alongside the famous racing legends of the past," said Button, who finished runner-up in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday.

"Motor racing has been a part of my life since my father bought my first go-kart at the age of eight and to have achieved my dream of becoming World Champion makes me incredibly proud. This has been a fantastic year for myself and Brawn GP. Just 23 days before the start of the season, we didn’t even know if we would be at the first race and now I am the World Champion with the team winning the Constructors’ Championship. Everyone at the team deserves our success so much."

"This has been an incredible year for Brawn GP," added Team Principal Ross Brawn of the outfit which becomes Mercedes in 2010. "To live the trauma of the winter months, make it to the grid for the first race and then to achieve eight Grand Prix victories and the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships in our first year was inconceivable before the season started.

"On behalf of the team, it is a great honour to receive the Constructors’ Championship trophy this evening and I look forward to taking the trophy back to Brackley to share with our team. I would like to thank Jenson and Rubens (Barrichello) for the spirit in which they fought for the Drivers’ Championship this year, all of our staff at the factory in Brackley for their hard work and dedication, Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart and Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Brixworth for the support that they have given us since the start of the year and the superb engine that they provided."

[Image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.