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2016-06-09 11:11

RICHEST F1 DRIVER: Lewis Hamilton topped Forbes' list as the highest-paid F1 driver for 2016. Image: AP / Claude Paris

New York - Forbes magazine  has named Lewis Hamilton the highest-earning driver in Formula 1.

Raking it in

In its annual top 100 ranking of the world's highest-paid sports stars, the reigning triple world champion came in 11th with $46-million (the equivalent of R682-million) earned through his contract with Mercedes, bonuses and endorsements.

The list was dominated by football, basketball, tennis and golf stars, with Cristiano Ronaldo right at the top with his incredible annual haul of $88-million.

READ: And Formula 1's highest-earner is...

After Hamilton, F1's next representatives on Forbes' list of highest earning F1 drivers are: 

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari - $41-million (11th)

Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Honda - $36.5-million (24th)

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes - $21-million (98th)

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Other racing drivers to make the list are:

Dale Earnhardt Jr, Nascar - $23.5-million (71st)


5 Jimmie Johnson, Nascar - $22.2-million (82nd)

For the full list, click here.

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