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Last Updated: Monday January 11 2010 14:59 GMT

Lewis and Nicole announce split

Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and singer Nicole Scherzinger have split up after two years together.

The couple announced their break-up in a statement. It said they had split so that they could "focus on their careers and will remain close friends."

Lewis and Nicole started dating after meeting at the MTV Europe Awards in Germany in 2007.

Nicole quickly became a familiar face in the F1 paddock - and was there to share Lewis's wins last season.

It's thought Lewis will now focus on winning back his F1 title. But he faces tough competition from McLaren team-mate and current world champion Jenson Button.

As if that isn't enough - seven times F1 champion Michael Schumacher is coming out of retirement next season to race for Mercedes.