Lewis Hamilton joins ownership group of NFL franchise Denver Broncos
"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"; the Denver Broncos have announced that Lewis Hamilton has joined their ownership group.
Last Updated: 02/08/22 4:49pm
Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has joined the ownership group of the Denver Broncos, the NFL franchise announced on Tuesday.
The Mercedes F1 driver is the latest to join the Broncos' ownership, following former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last month.
The Broncos and the Walton-Penner family, led by Walmart heir Rob Walton, in June entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the takeover of the team in a deal reportedly worth $4.65 billion, a record for an American sports franchise.
A statement from Walton said: "We're delighted to welcome seven-time Formula 1 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 organisation."
Hamilton added that he is "honoured" to make the move.
"Excited to join an incredible group of owners and become a part of the Broncos story," he said in a tweet, accompanied by a picture of his dog wearing Broncos gear.
"Honoured to work with a world class team and serve as an example of the value of more diverse leadership across all sports. Roscoe already thinks he made the team!"
Hamilton was also welcomed by the Broncos' franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, who moved to Denver from the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year.
"Congrats @LewisHamilton. Winning is a Habit! #LetsRide," Wilson tweeted in a message.
The Broncos are three-time Super Bowl champions, most recently winning SB50 in February 2016.