Every year a report of how much each Formula One driver earns is published – and looking at this year’s list, some drivers are quids-in when it comes to driving at the highest level.
The annual list of F1 salaries has again been published, and while Fernando Alonso remains top, he has now been joined by Lewis Hamilton.
The report – published by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo and citing information compiled by Business Book GP – reckons both are now on around €20 million, Hamilton getting an extra €4 million per year following his switch from McLaren to Mercedes.
Other noticeable movers from last year include Sebastian Vettel, who earns another €2m on last season after winning his third straight world championship. Kimi Raikkonen’s wage has dropped €2m, from €5m to €3m. Paul Di Resta, who was 2nd bottom in the pat scales last season, has doubled his money to €400,000, putting him on par with both Toro Rosso drivers, but just behind returning team-mate Adrian Sutil, who’s on a cool €500,000.
Caterham’s decision to drop Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen has saved them a bucketload of cash when it comes to drivers. The 2012 budget of €4.5m for both has dropped to €300,000 thanks to the hiring of Charles Pic and Giedo Van Der Garde.
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari €20m
= Lewis Hamilton Mercedes €20m
3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes €16m
4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing €12m
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes €11m
6. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing €10m
7. Felipe Massa Ferrari €6m
8. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 Team €3m
9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes €1.5m
10. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team €1m
= Pastor Maldonado Williams €1m
= Nico Hulkenberg Sauber €1m
13. Valtteri Bottas Williams €600,000
14. Jules Bianchi Marussia €500,000
= Adrian Sutil Force India F1 €500,000
16. Paul di Resta Force India F1 €400,000
= Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso €400,000
= Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso €400,000
19. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber €200,000
20. Charles Pic Caterham €150,000
= Giedo van der Garde Caterham €150,000
= Max Chilton Marussia €150,000