Highest Paid Formula 1 Superstars
Formula 1, besides being exciting and a bit dangerous, is also a very lucrative sport that produces million-heavy superstars like on a treadmill. Imagine then the salaries of the top Formula 1 drivers who earn millions of dollars on the race tracks in an effort to push their team behind them to the top of the ranking list. Except for the regular salary they cash in, there are different bonuses that additionally increase the digit figures.
Big races like the Grand Prix Monaco hold a generous fund that is shared among the top ten teams, which subsequently pay the drivers accordingly.
Fernando Alonso is making as much as Hamilton, with the identical salary of $27.4 million. The well-experienced driver, with a great career behind him, has been in the industry since 2001 and is still active racing for team Ferrari. During his career, he always delivered a great performance and kept his status as one of the top drivers. The driver has 13 seasons behind him, and six trophies from the World Drivers' Championship. He went down in history as the youngest driver who ever won the said championship at the age of 24 in the 2005 season. He joined Ferrari in 2010 and stayed with them for several years until McLaren snapped him.
There is barely a person who has not heard of Lewis Hamilton, the driver who secured many victories in his career. The charming Briton managed to win four Grand Prix in a row and continues to be a threat on the racing tracks. Once the superstar of McLaren under which he secured the silver medal at the World Drivers' Championship in 2007, Hamilton is meanwhile under the wing of Mercedes. Mercedes got him under contract in 2013 which enables the team always to rank high. Hamilton’s salary also confirms how much he is worth to Mercedes by cashing in $27.4 million.
Button has been around for a very long time in the business debuting in 2000 as the protégé of the Williams team. The British became the Drivers' World Champion in 2009, even if his then- Honda team withdrew from the championship. No tam-no car is the Formula 1 policy, but luckily, Ross Brawn bought out the failed team enabling Button to race in the championship. Now, he is on team McLaren and cashes in $21million in salary.
This German excellent Formula 1 pro is worth $11 million. He is competing for the Mercedes team, and he won the Monaco Grand Prix 2013.He began his career in 2005, and he sided with Mercedes in 2010. His archenemy on the race tracks is Louis Hamilton which additionally spaces up the races for viewers and fans.
Mark Webber can be called a veteran in the industry, and he retired last season. Nevertheless, he gets to enjoy his net worth of $10 million that he made for his team Red Bull. The peak of his career was when the Australian won the German Grand Prix in 2009. If you think that the former Formula 1 star is sitting around now, you are wrong, since he is now participating in the World Endurance Championships (car durability testing).
Massa comes from Brazil and is one of the biggest Formula 1 drivers out there. Starting his career in 2002, the Brazilian has stuck to Ferrari since 2006. He was the second Brazilain to win the Brazilan Grand Prix after the legendary Senna. In 2006, the driver made around $6 million, now his worth increased and climbed to $8.2 million.
Raikkonen, the Finnish Formula 1 superstar also counts to the elite of the famous sport with a 4.1. Million salary and his team Ferrari is proud to such an experienced driver who has gone pro in 2001. His team is currently ranked 3rd on the Formula 1 scale which is not enough for the ambitious team. They hope to crawl back up again, and they have good odds with Kimi at their side.
With an extraordinary $2 million in salary, Perez probably does not get a headache due to financial problems or how much he spends. Currently, he is representing the Force India team (which ranks 4th), whereby he used to race for McLaren as well in 2013. The rising Formula 1 superstar started his professional career in 2012 with his first appearance at the Malaysian Grand Prix. He is only 24 years old and has made this list. We can only wonder where the Mexican will be in 10 years from now.
No sport comes with more excitement and adrenalin rush than Formula 1, and simply knowing that fact assures us that the fat paychecks of the top drivers are well deserved.