The 29-year-old Briton extended his stay in Rio to celebrate, having reportedly been granted use of a teammate's private jet for the flight home.
Guess you really can have it all: handsome, model-dating race-car driver Jenson Button won the Formula One drivers' championship last weekend in Brazil.
It took him 113 tries—and more than half a decade—to win his first race. Button faced the terrifying prospect of being a driver without a team.
He was an extremely gifted driver, though, and his dad borrowed gas money to get him to races. And then Button fell victim to what you might call the Andy Roddick syndrome—not a failure, but an attractive disappointment.
When, at 20, Button became the youngest British driver ever to join the F1 circuit, people were touting him as the successor to U. He bought a house in Monaco, was seen out at parties, and started taking heat for helping himself a bit too much to the spoils of success.
The comparative importance of car and driver is one of the major ongoing debates in F1, and it came roaring back when the Brawn team finished one-two in the 2009 season opener in Melbourne.
Button took the checkered flag, followed by teammate (and aforementioned private-jet lender) Rubens Barrichello.
After meeting in 2008, the couple's relationship experienced ups and downs and they split for a short time in 2010 before getting back together.
There are reportedly now "discussions" over 35-year-old Button's estimated £35million income.
Button dedicated the prize to his parents and to his current girlfriend, lingerie model Jessica Michibata, whose foot rubs he recently credited for enhancing his performance behind the wheel. Before this year, though, Button had only one or the other.
Born in Somerset, he was no child of privilege, unlike European race-car drivers of yore.
He was linked to Rose Mc Gowan and dated Florence Brudenell-Bruce, a fashion model and (for the record) descendant of the earl who led the charge of the Light Brigade. fans pinned their hopes on the Mc Laren-Mercedes team's insanely talented (and somewhat ruthless) rookie driver Lewis Hamilton. Button, driving for Honda, finished an abysmal 18th.