Lewis Hamiltons dog becomes NFL fan as F1 icon opens up about investment

Lewis Hamilton has described becoming a part-owner of an American football franchise as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

As the saga triggered by Fernando Alonso’s decision to leave Alpine for Aston Martin dominated F1 talk at the start of the summer break, Hamilton was putting the final touches to a deal to buy a stake in three-time Super Bowl winners the Denver Broncos.

Hamilton, believed to earn up to £40million per year, has been eyeing up sporting investments and was interested in buying a stake in Chelsea FC earlier this year. The Mercedes driver has now struck a deal with the Broncos and cannot wait to make his mark on the organisation and the sport in general.

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After the news was announced, he posted on Instagram: “Excited to join an incredible group of owners and become a part of the @broncos story. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to impact the sport and work with a world class team. I’m ready to get started and serve as an example of the value of more diverse leadership across all sports.”

The Instagram story included a picture of him with American businesswoman Mellody Hobson, another part owner of the Broncos, who posted: “Welcome to the @Broncos Sir Little Brother!!! So happy to be on this life journey with you. @LewisHamilton and I cannot wait to see everyone in Denver! #gobroncos #firstbutnotlast.”

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Hamilton also posted a picture of his bulldog Roscoe, who regularly accompanies the seven-time world champion to race meetings. Along with a shot of Roscoe wearing a Broncos neck scarf, he wrote: “A bulldog on the @broncos.”

Hamilton has the chance to get to know his fellow joint-owners further with the F1 season not resuming until the end of the month at Spa in Belgium.

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