The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has joined the new Broncos ownership group led by the Walton-Penner family, which last month reached a sale agreement with the Pat Bowlen Trust worth a record 4.65 billion dollars, pending NFL approval.
People like former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have already joined the group in recent weeks.
“We are delighted to welcome seven-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to our ownership group,” said Rob Walton, the billionaire heir to the Walmart fortune.
“He is a champion competitor who knows what it takes to lead a winning team and a strong 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 level of excellence will be an asset to the Broncos ownership group and organization.
The Broncos are one of the flagship franchises in American sports and among the most successful in NFL history, having reached a total of eight Super Bowls – winning three. They have also won eight AFC league titles and won the AFC West division crown no less than 15 times.
However, Denver is currently in the midst of a long playoff drought, having not made the playoffs at all since their memorable Super Bowl 50 triumph in 2015 with legendary Peyton Manning under center.
Everything has changed for the Broncos in recent months, with a new ownership group joined by a new head coach in former Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, the successor to Vic Fangio, and a new franchise quarterback in the form of nine-time Pro-Bowler Russell Wilson, who arrived via a blockbuster trade to the Seattle Seahawks in March.
Reacting to the news about Hamilton, Wilson, who has attended a number of F1 races since 2018, including Monaco earlier this year as a special guest of Hamilton’s Mercedes team, tweeted: ” Congratulations Lewis Hamilton. Winning is a Habit! # LetsRide.
Hamilton then tweeted alongside a photo of beloved dog Roscoe in a Broncos jersey: “Thrilled to be joining an amazing group of owners and being part of Broncos history!!
“Honored 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. Let’s roll!”