Reigning world champion Jenson Button has split with his girlfriend Jessica Michibata.

Reigning world champion Jenson Button has split with his girlfriend Jessica Michibata.

British daily tabloid The Sun said the 30-year-old decided to call time on their 18-month relationship shortly after the recent Monaco grand prix.

Japanese fashion model Michibata, 25, lives in Tokyo, and a friend of Monaco-domiciled Button is quoted as saying the "logistics" of the relationship "took their toll".

"Just over a week ago Jenson reluctantly decided that his racing must be his main priority," the source added.

A spokesman for Button confirmed: "Jenson is single again. He and Jessica have gone their separate ways."

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