If Jenson Button ends up replacing Chris Evans on the next series of Top Gear, then girlfriend Brittny Ward could yet play a decisive role in deciding the future of the BBC series.
Button has emerged as one of the favourites to take over from Evans, having impressed during the segments he filmed for the latest series of the flagging motoring programme.
Last week, bookmakers Ladbrokes slashed the odds on the Formula One driver joining Matt LeBlanc as co-host to just 8/1, just behind Steve Coogan and Guy Martin.
“Jenson’s a huge hit with both punters and the audience,” Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said.
“But time will tell if he’s able to do the business on the F1 and Top Gear track simultaneously.”
Despite this, Ward, who currently works as a model out of Los Angeles, could be hesitant to up and leave to England or engage in a long-distance relationship with Button, in a snag that could hold-up any deal to sign the one-time Formula One World Champion.
Top Gear fans have plenty of reason to hope she opts for an extended stay on UK shores though, with Ward garnering quite the reputation as a one-time Playboy model over in the US.
The 25-year-old’s Instagram account certainly offers up plenty of examples of why she would prove popular with fans of the motoring show and crossing the Atlantic could even enhance her reputation and fame, with plenty of job offers likely to be forthcoming.
Born and raised in California, Playboy’s Miss January 2015 has also worked as a ring girl for UFC and knows a thing or two about sport and motoring.
Currently dating Button, following his split from ex-wife and fellow model Jessica Michibata, Ward could face a difficult decision in the coming weeks, should Button emerge as a serious contender to join the show.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.