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The Japanese model who has got British Formula One hero Jenson Button firing on all cylinders
Published on 1 Apr. 2009 12:58 AM IST
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Just three months ago, Jenson Button was single and concerned for his future career after Honda announced it was quitting Formula 1. Now he has woken up as this season’s hottest property - and with a beautiful woman in his arms. The 29-year-old, described by critics as ‘a star before he became one’ clinched the Australian Grand Prix Sunday and is expected to challenge for Lewis Hamilton’s world crown. Supporting Jenson from the pit stop at Melbourne’s Albert Park was his new girlfriend Jessica Michibata. Her presence as Jenson’s first race of the season comes just two months after the couple started dating, fuelling speculation things are getting serious between them. After clinching first place in the race despite marginally overshooting the pit box, new love Jessica was one of the first people Jenson wanted to celebrate with. Reports from Melbourne claim Jenson spent 15 minutes alone with Jessica in a locked room before he addressed the press to discuss his triumph. Leaving the room, Jenson smirked at the press, saying: ‘Things got a bit steamy in there.’ After the chaos of Sunday, Jenson enjoyed a leisurely Monday with Jessica, hanging out of the cafes of Melbourne’s beachside suburb of St Kilda. The couple, who started dating in January, appeared inseparable as they held hands and enjoyed the autumn sunshine. The Japanese lingerie model’s presence on the Formula One circuit is sure to be pitted against fellow racing WAG Nicole Scherzinger. The Pussycat Dolls singer, 30, became a favourite with pit-stop photographers during the F1 tour last year and was in Sao Paulo when her boyfriend Lewis Hamilton clinched the 2008 world title. Jessica, 24, has already spoken of her hopes for Jenson this season: ‘Jenson’s great. I think he will win the world championship.’ The couple’s relationship was first revealed last month when Jessica posted photographs of the pair on her Facebook page. The model owes her exotic looks to her Japanese mother and an Argentine father with Spanish and Italian origins. She regularly appears in underwear and swimwear adverts in her native Japan and has modelled for Evian, Lux, Uniqlo and Reebok.

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