Ecclestone approves of champion Button 20 October, 2009 Advertisement Oct.20 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone (pictured above with Jenson Button) on Tuesday gave his seal of approval to formula one’s new world champion Jenson Button. While welcoming Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 title, the F1 chief executive made no secret of his greater affection for the Briton’s championship rival Felipe Massa. This time, the other contenders for the crown were Sebastian Vettel – another of 78-year-old Ecclestone’s personal favourites – and the likeable veteran Rubens Barrichello. But when asked about his 29-year-old countryman Button, the Briton told the Mirror: “I like him. Jenson’s colourful, he’s a good looking guy and he’s always got a nice looking girlfriend. All the things that formula one drivers should have. “He deserves to be champion,” Ecclestone added.