The Sunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - FIONA BYRNE

HE’S the For­mula One driver who raced a top model off her feet — mo­tor ace Daniel Ric­cia­rdo has found love with fash­ion bomb­shell Jes­sica Gomes.

In what could be the mak­ing of WA’s next celebrity power cou­ple, the pair are un­der­stood to have been dis­creetly see­ing each other for sev­eral weeks.

While nei­ther La Salle Col­lege grad­u­ate Gomes nor Dun­craig-raised Ric­cia­rdo could be con­tacted yes­ter­day, sources con­firmed the pair were an item.

The chem­istry was ob­vi­ous when they ap­peared to­gether for a 2015 pho­to­shoot.

Gomes, 34, is an F1 fan — she drove in the celebrity chal­lenge at the 2013 Aus­tralian Grand Prix and has lived in fash­ion’s fast lane for a decade.

The David Jones am­bas­sador, who has ap­peared in the Sports Il­lus­trated Swim­suit Is­sue six times, pre­vi­ously dated ac­tor Xavier Sa­muel, prop­erty de­vel­oper Se­bas­tian Dra­pac and rugby union player Rocky El­som.

In Au­gust she was linked to Gus Wen­ner, the son of Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wen­ner.

As one of Aus­tralia’s high­est-pro­file sports­men, Ric­cia­rdo, 29, has been ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented at keep­ing his pri­vate life out of the pub­lic glare.

He split with his long-term girl­friend Jemma Boskovich in 2016 and was ear­lier this year linked to event man­ager An­nemarie Hor­bass.

With Christ­mas just around the corner, the jet-set­ting cou­ple may well soon be re­turn­ing home to Perth to­gether.

Red hot: Daniel Ric­cia­rdo and Jes­sica Gomes be­fore the Mel­bourne For­mula One Grand Prix. Pic­ture: Ja­son Ed­wards

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