Lewis Hamilton tops British sporting rich list

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s richest sportsman after increasing his wealth by £20m ($30.3m) in the past year.

Hamilton clinched his second world title at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following a season-long battle with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, and has won three of the first four races of the 2015 season.

He is doing very well off track as well, it seems, with The Sunday Times in London naming him as the wealthiest sportsman in Britain as part of its annual ‘rich list’.

The newspaper publishes a list of the 1,000 wealthiest people in Great Britain every year, but has released the sporting rich list one day ahead of the full ranking.

Hamilton remains in pole position from 2014 after increasing his personal wealth from £68m to £88m ($133m) in the past year. With a new contract soon to be signed with Mercedes as well, this figure is only set to rise in the coming years.

He is joined on the rich list by McLaren’s Jenson Button, who sits third on £71m ($107m), £1m behind Manchester United and England soccer captain Wayne Rooney (£72m).

Tennis player Andy Murray sits fourth on the list on £48m ahead of Queen’s Park Rangers’ soccer player Rio Ferdinand and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, who are fifth and sixth respectively.

Miami Heat’s British basketball player Luol Deng is joint-seventh alongside Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on £40m, ahead of New York City FC’s Frank Lampard in ninth (£39m). Nick Faldo (golf), Ryan Giggs (soccer), Rory McIlroy (golf) and Arsene Wenger (soccer) were joint-tenth on £38m.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 – Britain’s Richest Sportsmen and Managers

Wealth has been converted to USD, as per xe.com.

1. Lewis Hamilton (F1) $133m
2. Wayne Rooney (soccer) $109m
3. Jenson Button (F1) $107m
4. Andy Murray (tennis) $73m
5. Rio Ferdinand (soccer) $67m
6. Steven Gerrard (soccer) $64m
=7. Luol Deng (basketball) $61m
=7. Jose Mourinho (soccer) $61m
9. Frank Lampard (soccer) $59m
=10. Nick Faldo (golf) $58m
=10. Ryan Giggs (soccer) $58m
=10. Rory McIlroy (golf) $58m
=10. Arsene Wenger (soccer) $58m

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.