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Girlfriends give McLaren men a timely boost

The glamorous girlfriends of racing drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have given the McLaren pair a new spring in their step since reuniting after bust-ups this season.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2010 01:22 IST
AFP

The glamorous girlfriends of racing drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have given the McLaren pair a new spring in their step since reuniting after bust-ups this season.

Button, 30, the defending drivers' world champion, and Hamilton, 25, who won the title in 2008, both split with their female partners before patching up their differences and getting back together.

Button split with his girlfriend Jessica Michibata, a model, in May after a reported 18-month relationship, but two months later they were back as a pairing -- with Michibata making a return to the Formula One paddock at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton broke up with his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, who is a singer with the American pop group Pussycat Dolls, last year, but they also got back together earlier this year.

Button said, “Jessica's only here for the weekend and then she has to go back to Japan for some work.

“I’ll see her again in August for our summer break which will be nice, but it’s great having her back here. It really is.

"It just makes me happier. You have bad days and you have good days, but on the bad days she puts a smile on your face!

"I don’t mean in a weird way -- I means she’s just such a lovely person, but we’re not going to have any bad days. We’ve agreed we’re going to have a really good weekend.”

Seasoned paddock observers are now wondering how long the relationships will last and how well the two girls get along as friends.

First Published: Aug 01, 2010 01:21 IST