Lewis Hamilton reportedly had a romantic relationship with Russian model Viktoria Odintcova following his split from longterm girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. The 26-year-old brunette beauty has claimed that Formula 1 world champ Lewis, 35, pursued her four years ago, after parting ways with the former Pussycat Doll, 42 – though she insists they’re now just friends.
RT quotes her as saying: ‘We had different types of relationship. At a certain period of time it was romantic. He was courting me. ‘But then this relationship evolved into friendship. I live in Russia and he lives abroad. We just became friends who can message each other and send holiday greetings.’ Viktoria reportedly revealed that the pair met in Barcelona four years ago, before exchanging direct messages on Instagram, though they’re not just friends.
She continued: ‘It was after Nicole Scherzinger. We met in Barcelona three or four years ago. We have been on good terms since then, he’s my friend.’ The model has previously claimed that she’s been messaged by countless footballers and athletes on Instagram in the past, including Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo. MailOnline has contacted representatives for Lewis and Viktoria for comment.
Meanwhile, Lewis has been linked to a string of women since ending his eight-year relationship with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger in 2015. Model Barbara Palvin, Winnie Harlow and Kendall Jenner, singers Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora, and young socialite Sofia Richie have all been romantically connected to the star over the ensuing five years. However, he appears to be more focused on his racing career,
as well as maintaining his physical fitness, as was shown in recent snapshots. The star said he had been channelling his energy into exercise during lockdown and urged others to follow suit for mental health. He wrote on Instagram: ‘With all that is happening in the world, my only get away is to train and channel the emotions and energy into building my body stronger.
‘This has been the best training period I’ve ever had, I can’t stop and I won’t! ‘Staying active both mentally and physically is so important today, I want to encourage those of you out there to keep working out even if it’s only for 20 minutes. Every little helps.’