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Lewis Hamilton: the billion-dollar star

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At the final event of the F1 season at Interlagos in Brazil yesterday, Hamilton was given one instruction: finish in fifth place or better to win the world championship.

So Hamilton played it safe, driving “as if he was doing the school run: a caricature of caution”. Despite a nail-biting drop to sixth place towards the end, Hamilton dramatically recovered on the very last turn of the 71-lap race.

Now Hamilton looks set to become a £1bn sportsman, with The Times claiming that he’s the only person who can overtake golfer Tiger Wood’s earning power.

Shame that, like so many high-rolling entrepreneurs, the Stevenage-born racer has turned his back on Blighty to live in Switzerland.

He claimed he was fed up with the intrusion into his private life – “I can’t go to the cinema. I go to the bathroom in a petrol station and people come in there for autographs” – but Switzerland’s lower tax rates must have been a draw.

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