*After reportedly ending their five-year on/off romance in June, race car driver Lewis Hamilton and singer Nicole Scherzinger have reportedly secretly reconciled and preparing to make things permanent in 2014.

According to OMG!, Lewis plans to pop the question after getting a blessing from her mother Rosemary Elikolani and purchasing an engagement ring.

“Lewis chose a glamorous, very feminine ring for her months ago from a well known designer, setting him back a five-figure sum,” a source told the outlet. “He’s planning on proposing in the New Year by getting down on one knee, it’ll be very traditional, he’s even discussed it with her mother and told her his intentions.

“Lewis knows it’ll look terrific on her finger and that she’ll say ‘yes’ after all they’ve gone through. He wants their romance back and is going to put his heart and soul into cherishing her and making her happy.”

Nicole, 35, and the 28-year-old Formula 1 racing car driver have had a number of break-ups in the past, and although their split was rumored to be because Nicole was ready to start a family while Lewis wasn’t, he has apparently changed his mind.

The source added: “He has climbed down from his rigid stance of being too young and too much of a traveller to marry and start a family. He’s been saying that without Nicole life doesn’t have the same meaning. They can’t be without each other, they’re soul mates.”

Lewis found it difficult being without Nicole following their split and doesn’t want any ”emotional turmoil” while Nicole is said to have agreed to quit the UK’s “X Factor” to help make their relationship work.

The source added: “Lewis wants her beside him this year, he can’t afford any emotional turmoil and they’re missing each other, especially Lewis. Both of them have benefited from their split, but they’ve realized it’s impossible for them to be without each other or interested in anyone else.”