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Hamilton 10th on Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid athletes

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Mercedes Formula 1 driver and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named the 10th highest-paid athlete in world on the publication of Forbes‘ annual list.

Having been named the richest British sportsmen by The Sunday Times earlier this year, Hamilton has now been ranked 10th globally, with an estimated income of $46 million.

Forbes notes that Hamilton earned $38m in salary and winnings as part of his contract with Mercedes, which expires at the end of 2018, and a further $8m in endorsements.

“The British racecar driver is in the middle of a three-year contract extension that kicked off with the 2016 season. It is likely to pay out more than $120 million, including bonuses,” adds Forbes‘ profile on Hamilton.

“Hamilton won his third F1 title in 2015. He is the most marketable drivers in the sport, boasting endorsement deals with IWC, Monster Energy, L’Oreal, Bose, Puma, MV Agusta Motorcycles and Bombardier Recreational Products.”

Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel was 14th on the list, while McLaren’s Fernando Alonso ranked 20th. The 100-strong list also featured two NASCAR drivers: Jimmie Johnson (93rd) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (100th).

The list was topped for the second year in a row by Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, with an estimated income of $93m.

You can see the full Forbes list here.

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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