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F1 racing champ Marlon Stockinger says he and Pia are ‘just friends’


FILIPINO-Swiss Formula 1 racing driver Marlon Stockinger has said that he and reigning Miss Univese Pia Wurtzbach are just friends.

“We’re friends and we just happened to see each other in New York. It was just a nice picture, nice moment with her,” said Stockinger, during an interview on “TV Patrol” news program on ABS-CBN last Friday.

Dating rumors sparked between the two international celebrities after the beauty queen posted a photo of her and Stockinger on Instagram last Sept 23. She captioned the image “Marloner.”

“I normally don’t like talking about my private life but at the moment, again, we have known each other for a while,” said Stockinger.

Wurtzbach has earlier said that she and Stockinger are just friends.

Stockinger, 25, described Pia as “fantastic, friendly, and very beautiful”.

“I think her beauty speaks for itself and she’s just a really nice person,” he said.

Stockinger is the first Filipino to win a formula race in Europe. Now based in Zurich, Switzerland, Stockinger currently drives for Lotus F1 Team Juniors in the 2013 World Series by Renault.

Wurtzbach has been linked to Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, dubbed the “Sexiest Doctor Alive” by “People’s” magazine.

But the dating days between Wurtzbach and Varshavski were over after the beauty queen unfollowed him on social media.

Wurtzbach has deleted some of her photos with Dr. Mike on Instagram. The doctor has done the same.

The Russian doctor only retained a photo of him and the beauty queen taken during a helicopter date in New York in April.