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Lewis's mystery brunette is the boss's daughter

Luffy | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 | 0 comments
As one of the world's most bankable and handsome young sports stars, it is hardly surprising that Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton would want to make the most of his profile off the track.

And perhaps that is why after days of pictures showing him cavorting with an attractive young brunette on the French Riviera, his aides keenly announced yesterday that he is definitely still on the market.

Various images published this week seemed to prove beyond doubt that the 22-year-old McLaren driver had found "romance with Sara Ojjeh, 18, the daughter of the very man who part-owns the racing team and Lewis's sponsors Tag Heuer.
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Life in the fast lane: Lewis Hamilton's mystery brunette has been identified as 18-year-old Sara Ojjeh

Hamilton has spent the last two weeks with the Ojjeh family on their 235 ft yacht on the Cote d'Azur - much of that time in the company of Mansour Ojjeh's glamorous teenage daughter.

Those pictures had apparently come as some surprise to long-term love Jodia Ma, from whom he had only very recently split.

Yet when contacted by the Mail yesterday, instead of giving the obligatory 'No comment' most publicists reserve for such stories about their clients' private lives, a spokesman for Hamilton was insistent: "Lewis and Sara Ojjeh are not dating."
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The father: Mansour Ojjeh helped found McLaren with manager Ron Dennis. He also part-owns the watch empire TAG, which sponsors Hamilton

Whether that statement was designed temper what is surely a precarious situation with Miss Ma, or to leave the door ajar for any prospective newcomers, we may never know.

Though such a specific statement cannot have done Lewis any favours with the lovely Miss Ojjeh. But then, she can probably have her pick of the men.

While Hamilton comes from humble roots - his father worked three jobs in order to fund his fledgling career - eighteen year-old Sara is no stranger to the celebrity-laden lifestyle that comes with the racing circuit.
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Ojjeh loves to party say friends, but is also serious about her studies. She is set to begin a four-year degree course at New York University in the autumn

Her father has a 15 per cent share in McLaren and runs the TAG empire, including the TAG Heuer watch company which sponsors a number of Formula One drivers, among them Lewis Hamilton in particular.

Her Hollywood friends include Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones along with heart throb actor Jude Law.

Hamilton and Miss Ojjeh met at an exclusive party this year following the Monaco Grand Prix in which Hamilton won second place.

As Lewis has embraced the Mediterranean high-life, it emerged last night that his ex-girlfriend has been devastated by the speed with which he has moved on.
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Hamilton with Jodia Ma, his girlfriend of four years. She is said to be 'inconsolable' over his new romance

Hong Kong born Jodia Ma, 22, flew 6,000 miles to be by her lover's side when he suffered a 175mph crash during practice in Germany last month.

The shy graduate of London's European Business School was visiting the UK when news of Hamilton's latest liaison broke.

Such has been her distress and humiliation that Miss Ma, the daughter of a millionaire Hong Kong businessman, has quit her job as guest relations manager at trendy restaurant Zuma in Hong Kong.

Staff at the restaurant confirmed last night that she resigned last month as the relationship started to break down.

She has also refused to contact friends as the news of her break-up spreads world wide.

A close friend from Hong Kong said he was surprised to see the photographs of Hamilton with Miss Ojjeh and that as far as he knew, they were still an item.

He said: "We haven't heard from Jodia for the last couple of weeks.

"I have emailed her a couple of times and had no response. We were shocked and surprised when we saw the pictures.

"As far as we know she is still in the UK but we are expected her back in Hong Kong any day now."

As for Ojjah's family wealth, it was created by her Syrian-born grandfather Akram Ojjeh, who made £100 million organising arms deals between France and Saudi Arabia.

He was once banned from France over illegal deals but went on to make further millions with the help of Adnan Khashoggi.

Akram Ojjeh died in 1991, aged 73, and his son, Sara's father, inherited the fortune.
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Hamilton, 22, will reportedly be worth in excess of £20 million by this time next year
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