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Lewis Hamilton takes stake in Denver Broncos after joining ownership group

Seven-times Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken a stake in the Denver Broncos (David Davies/PA)
Seven-times Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken a stake in the Denver Broncos (David Davies/PA)

British Formula One great Lewis Hamilton has taken a stake in NFL club Denver Broncos after joining its new ownership group.

The seven-times world champion has teamed up with the Walton-Penner Family Ownership Group, which took over the Broncos in a reported 4.65billion US dollars – around £3.81billion – swoop in June.

A statement from Rob Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune, said: “We’re delighted to welcome seven-time Formula One world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to our ownership group.

“He is a champion competitor who knows what it takes to lead a winning team and a fierce advocate for global equality, including in his own sport.

“With over 100 race wins, Lewis is considered the most successful F1 driver of all time. His resilient spirit and standard of excellence will be an asset to the ownership group and the Broncos organization.”

The ownership group led by Walton includes his daughter, Carrie Walton Penner, and her husband, Greg Penner.

It was boosted last month by the addition of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who served under President George W. Bush from 2005 until 2009.

Stevenage-born Hamilton, 37, made his name in kart racing before working his way through the ranks to Formula 1 for his debut season in 2007.

He won his first world title just a year later and collected his record-equalling seventh in 2020, only being denied an eighth in dramatic and controversial fashion by Max Verstappen on the final day of last season.

He tweeted on Tuesday: “Excited to join an incredible group of owners and become a part of the @Broncos story! Honoured to work with a world-class team and serve as an example of the value of more diverse leadership across all sports.”

The Denver Broncos are three-time Super Bowl winners with their last success coming in 2015.