F1 driver lucky not to die at British GP paid ‘pennies’ compared to his rivals

The Formula One driver who was lucky not to die at the the British Grand Prix earns far less than his rivals.

Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu fortunately escaped without major injury after being involved in a horror crash at the start of Sunday's race at Silverstone. The race was red flagged on the first lap after a collision caused Zhou's Alfa Romeo to be flipped upside down before flying across the track and crashing into the trackside barriers.

Footage of the incident captured by spectators has shown that the 23-year-old's car almost flew into the crowd after it was flung off the track.

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Data collected by Top10 Casinos has now revealed only one F1 driver earns less per year than Zhou, who is competing in his first season in F1.

The figures show the salaries of all 20 F1 drivers, with Zhou tied 16th overall with Mick Schumacher and Nicolas Latifi on £821,177 per year, which equates to £37,326 per race, £718 per lap and £196 per mile driven. Alpha Tauri's Yuki Tsunoda is the only driver paid less than Zhou, with annual earnings of £615,882.

At the other end of the spectrum, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is the highest earning driver, according to the data. The British driver is paid a whopping £32,847,060 per year by Mercedes, 40 times the amount Zhou receives from Alfa Romeo.

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It is currently unclear whether Zhou will return to the track for the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend as the F1 season heads to the Red Bull Ring in Styria.

The damage sustained by his car as a result of the crash could prove an issue, but Zhou has revealed he plans to line-up on the grid in Austria. Having been extracted from his wrecked vehicle following the incident, Zhou was later declared medically fit by the FIA.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Zhou explained: "Hi everyone and thank you for all the kind messages. I want to to thank the marshals and the medical team at Silverstone – they were really fantastic. I'm keener than ever to get back on track. See you guys in Austria."

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