Driver salaries are a guaranteed topic of discussion around the Formula 1 series.
Especially since Ayrton Senna signed his legendary “$ 1 million per race” contract with McLaren in 1993, the ever-more astronomical compensation for F1 drivers has teased the palate of fans.
However, no official public information is available on compensation, unlike, for example, North American team sports series such as the NHL or NBA.
The Racefans website publishes its own listing each year, based on expert assessments.
The salary of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been around for a long time and is still very high in the series.
Last season, his salary was believed to be as high as $ 40 million a year, or about € 34 million - about € 2 million per race for a shortened period of 17 races.
According to various reports, Hamilton ashed a salary of up to 42 million euros for his new contract, which only covers the period 2021. According to Racefans insiders, Hamilton had to take the roughness surgery in his compensation and earn “more” about 25 million for the period.
Hamilton is not the only world champion whose salary is not what it used to be.
Sebastian Vettel reportedly earns about half of what Ferrari does when his salary for this season at Aston Martin is believed to be around € 12.5 million.
Daniel Ricciardo, who moved from Renault to McLaren, earns the same amount.
Fernando Alonso, who returned to the F1 series, earns just under 17 million on Alpine.
According to Racefans, Alfa Romeo's Kimi Räikkönen will earn 8.4 million euros for the season and Mercedes Valtteri Bottas the same amount.
All drivers in the series, with the exception of Alpha Taur’s newcomer Yuki Tsunoda, will earn at least $ 1 million in 2021, according to Racefans ’estimate. Tsunoda’s compensation is estimated at half a million dollars, or about 420,000 euros.
In the future, F1 drivers may have to settle for life on a narrower bread.
The salaries of the drivers are not yet subject to the new expense ceiling, but they may be paid as much as the wallet lasts.
However, this may change in the near future as stables increasingly try to control the wild costs of the sport.