The staggering gap between the highest and lowest paid drivers in Formula 1 has been disclosed.
It will surprise no one that seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, arguably the greatest driver of all time, is the top earner, receiving in the region of £33million per year. According to data released by Top10 Casinos, that equates to £28,712 per race and an astonishing £7,845 per mile.
Second on the money list is world champion Max Verstappen, with the Red Bull driver picking up £20.5million per season – £17,945 per lap and just under £5,000 per mile. Next up, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris of McLaren who are said to bank almost £16.5million per year – £14,356 per lap and £3,922 per mile.
READ MORE: Claims of Ferrari mutiny surface as team members 'refuse' to celebrate Carlos Sainz win
At the other end of the spectrum, just four drivers earn less than £1million per year. They are Zhou Guanyu, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi and Yuki Tsunoda. AlphaTauri’s Tsunoda is the sport’s lowest-earning, picking up £615,882 per year. That works out at £28,000 per race, £538 per lap and just £147 per mile.
After a disappointing debut season in the sport in 2021, the Japanese driver has enjoyed a better 2022 so far, although he blotted his copybook by committing the cardinal F1 sin of colliding with his teammate, Pierre Gasly, said to be on just over £4million a year, during Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Who will win the 2022 Formula One Drivers' Championship? Let us know in the comments section below.
Tsunoda conceded he was at fault for the incident, admitting after the race: “I think I could have waited for another opportunity to pass him. My speed was good going into the corner so I thought I could make it through. I also didn’t expect Pierre to close the door quite as much as he did, so this is a mistake from my side.
“Mainly, I just want to say sorry to the team. After that, I had damage to the car, it was very tricky to drive and that made the rest of the race very difficult for me.”
A clearly unhappy Gasly said he wanted to keep discussions about the clash in-house, saying: “With Yuki, yeah, I don’t want to speak about it now, but clearly something we need to speak internally [about] because we were both in the points. It was clearly an unnecessary incident and I’m just disappointed about it.”
- Read the latest F1 news from the Daily Star here
- Romain Grosjean calls IndyCar teammate "absolute idiot" after 'threatening to punch him'
- Max Verstappen sets out conditions to Netflix after ending Drive to Survive boycott
- Claims of Ferrari mutiny surface as team members 'refuse' to celebrate Carlos Sainz win
- Jeremy Clarkson wades in as F1 fans back Martin Brundle amid Gary Lineker Twitter spat
Source: Read Full Article