Formula One: Jenson Button splits from wife Jessica Michibata

Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata at the Japan Grand Prix on Sept 26, 2015.
Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata at the Japan Grand Prix on Sept 26, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - One of Formula One's glamour couples has headed for Splitsville as McLaren's Jenson Button announced on Wednesday his separation from Jessica Michibata after just one year of marriage.

A spokesman for the driver said: A spokesman for Button said: "Jenson and Jessica have decided to go their separate ways and it is very amicable. There is no one else involved."

The 2009 F1 world champion, 35, married the 31-year-old Japanese-Argentine model in Hawaii last December after five years of dating. But Button has revealed that the couple do not live together due to their busy careers.

He told the Mail on Sunday earlier this year: "We don't see each other any more than before we were married.

"Jessie still works a lot in Japan. She enjoys her job, she models, she had a television show and has done a Japanese film. She enjoys working, which is great, but it obviously means that we don't see each other very often."