Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo joins Vettel and Hamilton on Forbes rich list

Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo has joined Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest athletes, the publication has revealed.

Joining the list for the first time in his nine-year Formula 1 career, Ricciardo came in at 48th with estimated earnings in 2019 of $29 million.

Of that figure, $27 million came courtesy of his contract with Renault after having left Red Bull at the end of the 2018 season, with another $2 million in endorsements.

However he still has some catching up to do with Forbes regulars Hamilton and Vettel, who finished 13th and 32nd respectively.

Hamilton, who is the highest-paid driver in any form of motorsport, raked-in $54 million courtesy of his $42 million salary with Mercedes and $12 million worth of endorsements.

Vettel, who is likely to drop off the list in the near future with his Ferrari contract expiring at the end of the 2020 season, earned $36.3 million in 2019, although only $300,000 came from sponsors.

Leading the list was tennis great Roger Federer, who became the first athlete to earn $100 million purely in endorsements for a total haul of $106.3 million.