Britain's formula one audience has a new favourite, and he does not wear the number 1 on his car, according to Christian Horner.

Britain's formula one audience has a new favourite, and he does not wear the number 1 on his car, according to Christian Horner.

Horner is the British boss of the Red Bull team, whose German driver Sebastian Vettel looks likely to be the biggest threat to the championship aspirations this year of Jenson Button.

After four out of a possible five 2009 wins so far, 29-year-old Button is the clear leader in the drivers' championship, which was won last year by his countryman Lewis Hamilton.

But in the wake of the 'lie-gate' saga and the lack of competitiveness of this year's McLaren, reigning world champion Hamilton has dropped out of the British headlines amid the emergence of a new favourite.

"In Britain Jenson is much more popular than Lewis Hamilton," Horner is quoted as saying by Germany's Sport Bild, "because he comes across more naturally and is more easy-going.

"Jenson is just as likeable and funny as is Sebastian. Both are easy to get along with but are also extremely professional," he added.

 

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