Formula One: Button and model girlfriend confirm engagement

MANAMA (AFP) - British Formula One driver Jenson Button and his long-term model girlfriend Jessica Michibata have become engaged.

The Japanese-born Michibata could be seen sporting a diamond engagement ring as she kept tabs on her fiance during Thursday's pre-season testing at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit.

McLaren posted a message on their twitter page saying: "Huge congrats to #JensonButton and @jessybondgirl on their engagement! #attaboy".

And Button's new teammate, Kevin Magnussen tweeted: "Wow! Well done to #JensonButton & @jessybondgirl on your engagement!"

The pair met over five years ago with Button, whose father John died suddenly of a heart attack aged 70 in January, telling the BBC that he had proposed on Valentine's Day.

Michibita, whose mother is Japanese and father half-Spanish, was born in Fukui near Kyoto.

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