By HOLLY THOMAS

To the victor the spoils: Jenson Button kisses his girlfriend Jessica Michibata after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Japan at the Suzuka Circuit

It's been a fantastic day for 2009 World Drivers' Champion Jenson Button.

The 31-year-old won the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuitin in Japan, and cheering from the sidelines was his girlfriend, model Jessica Michibata.

He ran up the pit lane to greet her immediately after his win.


Couldn't wait: The 31-year-old ran up the pit lane to greet her immediately

Perhaps her supportive presence was the key ingredient in Jenson's incredible performance, as the racer clearly couldn't wait to be reunited with his beautiful other half.


Beaming: The delighted twosome pair couldn't have looked happier as they made the number one sign with their fingers

The pair kissed and cheered in equal measure as they celebrated his victory in the pitlane.

Wearing her rocket red T-shirt and Firelli baseball cap, 26-year-old Jessica was dressed perfectly for the occasion, and looked every bit as thrilled as her beau.


Winner: The pair posed behind the 2009 World Champion's gigantic trophy


Proud: Jessica apparently burst into tears as she watched her beau win

She tweeted proudly: '@JensonButton is showing his winning trophy to the Japanese fans in the grand stand! #WeLoveJapan'

Delighted Button said according to The Sun: 'Jessica was bawling her eyes out. It made it difficult for me to stop myself from crying.'

'This feels like a home win for me and it is a very emotional victory,' the winner continued.


Couldn't contain themselves: The couple kept making the 'W' sign with their hands

'Hopefully, we've planted a good memory in the fans' heads because Japan has had a hard time.'

'I never realised how uphill the pit-lane is but I was ecstatic,' he added.


Group effort: The whole team cheered together


Top three: Jenson, Fernando and Sebastion waved to the cheering crowd

It's been a good week for Jenson, who has committed the remainder of his top-level Formula One career to McLaren in a deal which could net the 2009 world champion in excess of £40million.

The reward for Button's impressive second campaign with the Woking team is a £2m hike to his current £8m-a-year basic salary.


Time for some bubbly: Jenson poured champagne over Sebastian Vettel of Germany who came third, with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain who came second also on the podium


Close: McLaren driver Jenson, left, leads Ferrari driver Fernando center, and Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian, right

source: dailymail

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