Lewis Hamilton thanks fans for support following split from Nicole Scherzinger

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Defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken to Twitter to thank his fans for their support following his split from long-term partner Nicole Scherzinger.

Hamilton and Scherzinger, a recording artist and former member of the Pussycat Dolls, have been dating on and off for the past seven years, with this being the fourth time they have broken up.

News of their most recent split emerged earlier this week whilst Hamilton was testing for Mercedes in Jerez, but the Briton had not commented on the matter.

In a tweet sent out from his account on Friday evening, Hamilton thanked his fans for their support, saying: “Hi everyone. I want to thank you all for the love & support during this tough time. It means the world to me.”

Scherzinger has been present at both of Hamilton’s championship victories, celebrating with his family and the Mercedes team following his most recent triumph in Abu Dhabi last November.