The West Australian raised Formula 1 driver for McLaren received the honour as part of the 2022 Australia Day Honours for his “significant service to motor sport as a competitor and ambassador and to the community”.
Outside of his Formula 1 commitments he is also an ambassador for Save the Children. Save the Children works locally in Australia and globally to give a voice to children and champion their rights. The organisation was started in 1919 in England and also in Melbourne, Victoria in the same year.
Other persons related to motor sport or motor industry include Terence Bracken of Tasmania, Leslie Power of Western Australia, Ian Tate of Victoria, Kay De Luca and the late Anthony De Luca of New South Wales and Ian Digby from South Australia.