The dashing Lewis Hamilton covers the new UK edition of Esquire. In November the 23-year-old sports phenomenon became the youngest race car driver and the first black to win the exclusive Formula One championship. The interview and fashion editorial—actually more like an advertorial—is entitled "Bigger Than Beckham" and it's all about Hamilton's meteoric rise.
"Lewis Hamilton's breathtaking F1 performance have made him Britain's biggest sporting icon," writes Rory Ross. "Lewis Hamilton became an icon because of who he is, as much as for what he can do. Having grown up poor, he has scaled the summit of a rich man's sport with a speed that caught everyone by surprise."
The suit is Hugo Boss. The watch is Tag Heuer. Take a guess who has endorsement contracts for both brands.
Experts predict the 23-year-old racer will see a "hike in his salary of up to 30 million pounds" or $47.5 million a year. That's in the same ballpark as David Beckham's estimated $48 million in salary and endorsements. Nice work if you can get it,
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