Driver salary rates revealed, Alonso leads by millions

Today, Yahoo Sports revealed the earning salaries for the entire F1 grid, and unsurprisingly Fernando Alonso was miles ahead of anyone else, earning £24.6m (€30m), nearly twice as much as second-placed man Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen is still third, as his enormous pay-off to leave Ferrari, combined with his contract, puts him well above all of the other drivers.

Here is the list, and although it can’t be 100% accurate, it seems to be a trustable report:

Drivers
1. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) £24.6m
2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) £13.1m
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) £13.1m
4. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) £11.5m
5. Jenson Button (McLaren) £7.4m
6. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP) £6.6m
7. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) £6.6m
8. Robert Kubica (Renault) £6.2m
9. Rubens Barrichello (Williams) £4.5m
10. Mark Webber (Red Bull) £3.4m
11. Jarno Trulli (Lotus) £2.5m
12. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) £1.6m
13. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus) £1.6m
14. Timo Glock (Virgin) £820,000
15. Nico Hülkenberg (Williams) £573,000
16. Pedro de la Rosa (Sauber) £410,000
17. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) £410,000
18. Vitaly Petrov (Renault) £328,000
19. Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) £328,000
20. Sébastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) £328,000
21. Adrian Sutil (Force India) £164,000
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India) £164,000
23. Lucas Di Grassi (Virgin) £164,000
24. Bruno Senna (Hispania) £164,000
25. Karun Chandhok (Hispania) Nil
26. Sakon Yamamoto (Hispania) Nil (good)

Teams
1. Ferrari £49.1m
2. McLaren £20.5m
3. Mercedes GP £13.1m
4. Renault £6.5m
5. Red Bull £5.1m
6. Williams £5.1m
7. Lotus £4.1m
8. Virgin £983,000
9. Sauber £819,000
10. Toro Rosso £655,000
11. Force India £328,000
12. Hispania £123,000

You may well have noticed that the Red Bull drivers are earning fractions of the other top drivers. While their initial payment is small, it is understood that they earn massive bonuses from race wins.

Another odd note is that Adrian Sutil earns practically nothing, only £164,000, and yet his direly underperforming team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi still gets the same as him. Speaking of underperforming, Sakon Yamamoto isn’t getting a single cent, and good riddance. I’m sure his sponsors keep him afloat, as well as the team. Karun Chandhok isn’t earning anything either, and I can’t help but feel that this is completely unfair, as he has no sponsors, and can actually keep up with the rest of the grid.

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that McLaren are getting the best deal on the grid, with a set of highly-rated drivers, and at only half of the cost of Ferrari’s trio. Don’t take Raikkonen out of this equation, as Ferrari were quite keen to pay him out of the way, so sponsor-surrounded Alonso could get into the team.

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One response to “Driver salary rates revealed, Alonso leads by millions

  1. Pingback: Berger, Piquet, say Ferrari right to favour Alonso | CarGalaxy.info

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