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Hamilton tops British sporting rich list for fourth straight year

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Three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s richest sportsman for the fourth year in a row, with an estimated personal wealth of $169 million.

Hamilton narrowly missed out on a fourth F1 drivers’ title in 2016, falling five points shy of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the final round in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton remained top of the tree in Britain’s sporting rich list though, which is due to be published on Sunday by The Sunday Times.

Hamilton upped his wealth by £25m through 2016, giving him a total fortune of £131m ($169m) that puts him £20m clear of the field.

Manchester United soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a new entry to the list following his summer move to Old Trafford, and slots straight into second place on the rich list with an estimated fortune of £110m ahead of teammate and England captain Wayne Rooney.

Hamilton is not the only F1 driver to make the list, with Jenson Button also featuring. The recently-semi-retired McLaren racer sits fourth, having increased his fortune by £9m in 2016 after a pay hike in his McLaren contract.

2017 Sunday Times Rich List – Sport (all figures converted into dollars)

1. Lewis Hamilton (F1) $169m
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (soccer) $142m
3. Wayne Rooney (soccer) $120m
4. Jenson Button (F1) $111m
5. Rory McIlroy (golf) $106m
6. Sir Andy Murray (tennis) $99m
7. Jose Mourinho (soccer) $79m
8. Gareth Bale (soccer) $70m
9= Luol Deng (basketball) $64m
9= Pep Guardiola (soccer) $64m

Hamilton, Red Bull teammates both go to NASA before USGP

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One of the more intriguing United States Grand Prix adventures occurred on Wednesday, as both Lewis Hamilton and the pair of Red Bull Racing teammates, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, all went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston – in separate sessions – before heading onto Austin.

Hamilton posted on his Instagram story on Wednesday that he’d “quit his day job in a second” to work at NASA and become an astronaut, and the unbridled enthusiasm spoke to the three-time Formula 1 World Champion’s love of different life aspects entirely outside of racing.

“(I) had an incredible day yesterday, having a bit of a comedown today,” Hamilton said today at the FIA Press Conference. “I was just buzzed all day yesterday because it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. It’s always something I’ve been fascinated about, space and space travel particularly.

“So to actually go there… and I had a million questions. I’m sure the guy got fed up with me. I asked a lot of questions and I got to see a lot of great things, some of the new technology they are working on and yeah, I want to go back.”

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team posted a gallery of Hamilton’s adventure on its website, linked here, and a few samples are below.

As for the Red Bull pair, the young duo of Ricciardo and Verstappen were equally awestruck by the experience.

“There really are a lot of similarities between this and F1, just the technology alone,” Ricciardo said. “I had a guest come to a race last year, when they got into the garage they were like: ‘this is like a space station’. We went to mission control here and it’s really like what we have in the Ops Room in Milton Keynes. Even the safety technology is similar. The astronauts go through the same measurements, a similar kind of HANS device etc. It’s really cool.”

Verstappen added, “There are quite a lot of comparisons, if you really want to talk about it we could go on for an hour! The control center looks pretty similar to ours. We share a lot of the same technology. It was really interesting for us to see that and I bet it would be the same if they could see ours.”

Here’s a link to Red Bull’s gallery and some teaser shots below.