Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton has been spending lots of time with Rihanna lately…

Lewis Hamilton had us all excited at the idea of a new Formula 1/pop star super couple when rumours started circulating that he was dating Rihanna earlier this summer.

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The Mercedes driver was spotted partying with Ri-Ri, 27, on numerous occasions, and was seen looking particularly happy to be with the scantily clad star (obvs – have you SEEN her body?) when they hit the Kadooment Day parade in Barbados last month

Now Lewis, 30, has FINALLY broken his silence on the speculation and addressed what we all want to know – is Rihanna his girlfriend or nah?

‘You know, I’ve known Ri for a long time,’ the British star tells E!

‘We’ve been friends for a while. We get to hang out every now and again…’

Ooh, this is sounding promising! But wait…

‘Otherwise, we’re just good friends,’ adds Lewis. Oh, okay.

We’ve got to admit, we’re slightly gutted by this news. Lewis Hamilton and Ri-Ri make a pretty cool couple after all but, who knows, maybe their friendship could develop into something more one day?

It’s not the first time that Lewis has been linked to a high-profile star of course. Earlier this year there were rumours that he was getting close to model Kendall Jenner after she was spotted wearing what appeared to be his necklace at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Before that the sportsman was in a relationship with singer Nicole Scherzinger on and off for several years. They split again in February and, with no reunion in sight as things stand, it looks like it’s for good this time.

We’re kind of surprised that Lewis are Ri-Ri are ‘just good friends’ as Lewis seemed to hint that he might be loved-up again on Instagram this week.

The F1 champ posed for a topless selfie for his fans and wrote: ‘Love is all we need ‘

Awww, quite right, Lewis!

Anna Francis