For another year, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) leads the top 10 of the F1 salaries’ ranking. Just as no one can beat him on the track, he is also way ahead of all the others as far as wages are concerned. With a yearly salary of 50 million euros, he doesn’t make it easy for his rivals to catch up.
Behind the Briton is also once again Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) with earnings of approximately 40 million euros, but position number three goes for the first time to Daniel Ricciardo.
The Australian was recently signed by Renault for 15 million euros, a sum which brings him ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (12 million) and Valtteri Bottas (7,4 million).
In the middle of the rank, both Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) cash in around three million euros each with Carlos Sainz (McLaren) earning just slightly more than that. Meanwhile, the worse paid have been George Russell (Williams) and Alex Albon (Red Bull) just short of 160.000 euros each.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): €49,8 million
Mercedes has paid almost 50 million euros this year to the second most successful driver in F1 history, Lewis Hamilton. Such an astronomical figure leads the 2019 ranking of F1 drivers’ salaries. The champion from Stevenage has in exchange given Mercedes the constructor’s title and has taken the individual one for himself.
Seb Vettel (Ferrari): €39,8 million
Judging by his numerous mistakes and by the fact that his rookie teammate Charles Leclerc has finished ahead of him, Seb Vettel has been an expensive member of La Scuderia. The driver form Heppenheim has taken home nearly 40 million euros.
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault): €14,8 million
After being hired by Renault, Daniel Ricciardo has gone up to the third position of the 2019 F1 salaries’ ranking. Results-wise the experience has been a downright failure but money-wise things have definitely worked out for the driver from Perth.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull): €11,8 million
The fourth place in the 2019 F1 salaries’ ranking goes to Max Verstappen. Having finished third in the standings in 2019, he sure will be able to negotiate a pay rise when his contract expires at the end of 2020.
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes): €7,4 million
Completely outshined by his teammate Hamilton, the 2018 and 2019 sub-champion can drown his sorrows in the 7,4 million he has made this year.
Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo): €3,9 million
Leaving Ferrari meant taking a significant pay cut for Raikkonen, but Alfa Romeo has nonetheless rewarded his efforts with almost four million euros.
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault): €3,9 million
In his last season with Renault and in the F1, the already ex-driver of the French team Nico Hulkenberg has had a yearly retribution of 3,9 million euros.
Carlos Sainz (McLaren): €3,4 million
In his gleaming debut year with McLaren, Carlos Sainz has taken his first ever podium in Brazil. We believe his boss Zak Brown, must be very satisfied with the results after investing €3,4 million in the driver from Madrid.
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) €3 million
Being part of the most successful team in the history of Formula 1 has come with a 3 million-euro paycheck for Charles Leclerc. After a brilliant season, he has left no doubt about his quality as a driver and could thus see his bank account grow in the future.
Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) €3 million
At the lower end of the mid F1 salaries’ ranking, we find Sergio Perez. The Mexican driver has become one of the most compelling drivers in Formula 1 today and, as such, he has taken a very respectable 3 million euros.
Images of F1 salaries’ ranking: F1.com.