Lewis Hamilton is set to become the richest British sportsman ever. After securing his second Formula 1 World Championship on Sunday, Hamilton is set to pocket a staggering £500million, according to the Daily Star.
Earning the millions
The British publication have reported that Hamilton will secure a £100m-a-year, five-year-deal with Mercedes as a result of his victory in Abu Dhabi. David and Victoria Beckham’s combined wealth is worth £210million but Hamilton’s new fortune will leave them in the dust.
The F1 driver reportedly earns £25 million a year on his current deal, which expires at the end of next season, but Mercedes have expressed their desire to extend his stay for many years to come.
The 29-year-old has already won more races and secured more points than any other British driver, but will now have his sights set on surpassing Jackie Stewart’s record of three World Championships to become the most successful British driver in Formula 1 history.
Hamilton led from start to finish in Sunday’s Grand Prix and his charge to the title was never under any serious threat as teammate Nico Rosberg suffered an ERS failure and fell down the field.
The double points system in Abu Dhabi gave Hamilton a 67 gap in the Championship, however over the course of the season it had been neck and neck between the Mercedes pair.