Four F1 drivers named on Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list

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Four Formula 1 drivers have been named among the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world in Forbes‘ annual list, published on Wednesday.

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg all featured on the list that was topped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Three-time F1 world champion Hamilton was the leading racing driver, ranking as the 11th highest-paid sportsman in the world.

Forbes reports that the Briton has earned $42 million in salary over the past year and a further $4 million in endorsements, the latter boosted by a new brand ambassador deal with French cosmetics company L’Oreal.

Ferrari’s Vettel ranked 19th on the list, earning $40 million and an additional $1 million in endorsements thanks to ties with companies such as Braun, which also works with the NFL.

Alonso finished 24th on the list on $36.5 million for the past year, while two-time championship runner-up Rosberg squeezed into the top 100, finishing 98th on $21 million.

Of the top 20, only Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco earned less than Hamilton and Vettel in endorsements.

NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were the only other racing drivers to make Forbes‘ top 100. Earnhardt ranked 71st on $23.5 million, while Johnson was 82nd on $22.2 million.

List-topping Ronaldo earned an estimated $88 million in the past year, while just two women – Serena Williams (40th) and Maria Sharapova (88th) – made the top 100.

You can see the full list from Forbes here.