Formula 1 power couple Jenson Button and his wife Jessica (nee Michibata) have separated, barely a year after the pair’s lavish wedding in Hawaii.

“Jenson and Jessica have decided to go their separate ways and it is very amicable. There is no one else involved,” a spokesperson for the couple confirmed.

The 35-year-old McLaren driver and the 31-year-old Japanese fashion model met in 2008 in Tokyo and started going out the following year, which culminated in Button winning his sole World Championship crown with the BrawnGP team.

The pair briefly parted ways in 2011 before resuming their relationship, with Button proposing to Michibata on Valentines Day in 2014 with a £250,000 diamond ring. The pair married at the end of the year in Hawaii.

The early months of their marriage were marred by a burglary at the pair’s holiday home in St Tropez – while the pair slept – when thieves ransacked the couple’s house and stole upwards of £1 million in valuables, including the famous engagement ring.

Before and after their marriage, Jessica was a regular fixture in the Formula 1 paddock, supporting Button from the sidelines. She hasn’t been spotted at a race since October’s United States Grand Prix in Texas, leaving Button to travel solo or with his family to the following events in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

It would seem that the McLaren-Honda relationship wasn’t the only partnership to suffer strain in Woking…

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