Hamilton top earner in F1, well behind MotoGP’s Rossi

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Lewis Hamilton is the top Formula 1 driver on Sports Illustrated’s annual top-earning athletes / sports people.

But he’s a ways behind Valentino Rossi. SI’s international list can be seen here.

Rossi is the top motorsports star, at spot seven, with $35 million in earnings over the past year. Hamilton comes in 10th with $26.7 million. The figures include salary, endorsements, bonuses and appearance fees.

He’s followed by, surprise surprise, Kimi Raikkonen, who still managed to pocket $23.6 million and land in the 14th spot, just ahead of Jenson Button, in 15th with $23.1 million.

Fernando Alonso rounds out the drivers on the top 20 list, placing 17th with $22.6 million.

Topping the list is tennis star Roger Federer, who earned $61.7 million.

On the United States list of top 50 earners, for those interested, Tiger Woods is still way out in front, despite his rather colorful news that closed out 2009 and continues today. He pulled in $90.5 million. That is far ahead of the No. 2, fellow golfer Phil Mickelson, who made $61.6 million.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the first American motorsports person on the list. He’s at 16th with just a smidge more than $26 million in earnings. Jeff Gordon is 29th, with just less than $21.5 million. Jimmie Johnson rounds things out at 44th place, with $17.3 million.

The U.S. list is here.


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