Jenson Button finally achieved his lifetime’s ambition when he won the Formula 1 world championship in 2009 – less than 12 months after fearing he may be leaving the sport for good.
When Button appeared at the 2008 Race Of Champions he had just learned that Honda were pulling out of Formula 1. At that point the future looked bleak for the Briton, but the rescue package that became Brawn GP soon turned everything around. He won six of the first seven grands prix in 2009 and held on for glory.
Button continued his majestic run of form after switching to McLaren, holding his own against Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso and taking further victories, many of them in the wet-dry conditions in which he thrives. But in August Button confirmed that 2016 might well be his last as a Formula 1 driver after announcing a sabbatical from the sport's top echelon.
Brimming with the confidence a world title brings, Button also produced his best Race Of Champions performance in 2009. He partnered Andy Priaulx to the final of the ROC Nations Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Race Of Champions itself.