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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.

Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.