Not to get all tabloid here at FBC but according to reports, Jenson Button and his wife, Jessica Michibata, have separated after just a year of marriage. A representative said:
“Jenson and Jessica have decided to go their separate ways and it is very amicable. There is no one else involved.”
The couple had been dating since 2009 and the reason I post this story is that while I respect their personal lives and decisions, I can’t help but feel like this is a real shame as they made a terrific couple.
I was walking downtown in Austin this year and passed both of them. they were walking down the street holding hands. I wished JB luck on Sunday’s race and he was polite. After they had left, I recall telling the people I was with that this is truly a great couple in F1.
It was a tough year for JB with his McLaren struggling to beat the Manor GP team for last place. Conversely, while I would have thought JB and Jessica were the most likely to succeed and a model couple in F1, you have Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who seems to have taken over the mantel as team CEO Sergio Marchionne says:
“I’ve seen a huge change in Kimi during the season,” said Marchionne.
“The second half of the season was much better than the first half. It was like watching a movie.
“We were talking with some of our colleagues in the last few days and I think we are beginning to look at a different Kimi.
“The fact he is married with a kid, he showed me a picture of his son earlier this month, he’s a proud father.
“It’s reflective of the changes in his own life. I think he is becoming a lot more settled, which I think will be helpful in 2016.
“I think he’s going to be probably the most engaged that we have seen him in the last little while and I’m delighted he’s part of the team.”
Who knew? You never can tell.