Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were the absolute and undisputed protagonists of the last Formula 1 season. The two fought for the conquest of the world title until the last lap of the last Grand Prix of the season. Analyzing their presence in the top car series on the eve of the next championship, it can be said that they occupy the top of this category not only as regards the purely sporting aspect, but also for the economic one. In fact, it is they who find themselves in the first two positions of the ranking referred to higher salaries, by contract, for the season 2022. This is not surprising, given the clear supremacy shown by the two rivals over the competition over the last year.
However, at least in terms of salary, the new world champion Verstappen has not yet managed to undermine the leadership of Hamilton, once again in the lead, moreover alone, in this ranking. The seven-time world champion, in fact, earns well 40 million dollars per season, with its contract expiring in 2023. In the same year, a potential renewal is also foreseen for the Dutchman from Red Bull, which in the meantime occupies the second position with 25 million dollars. The two masters of the modern Circus, combined, gross about 65 million dollars. 1/3 of the approximately 191 million that the drivers on the grid receive from their teams. In the first four positions of this special ranking only the world champions appear: in third place, in fact, figure Fernando Alonso. The Alpine Spaniard collects 20 million dollars in what could be his last year in F1.
At the same time, the Asturian defends the lowest step of the podium from the other former Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, ‘stopped’ at 15 million. Paired with the first non-world champion: Daniel Ricciardo. In a season that foresees increases compared to the 2020 crisis – mainly dictated by the outbreak of the pandemic – the salaries of Valtteri Bottas and George Russell should also be emphasized: while the former will continue to collect the same amount earned in Mercedes – 10 million dollars – despite the move to Alfa Romeo, the latter will increase his income to 5 million dollars, thanks to the transfer from Williams to Mercedes itself. In home Ferrari, finally, Charles Leclerc stands at 12 million, two more than box-mate Carlos Sainz.
|Pilot||Team||Salary (million $)||Contract expiration|
|Vettel||Aston Martin||15||2022 +|
|Albon||Williams||2||2022 + (Red Bull)|
|Schumacher||Haas||1||2022 + (Ferrari)|
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