Formula One (F1) is the most expensive sport today. In addition to the cost of research and manufacturing vehicles, the pay for drivers as well as the technical team also costs a significant amount. Here are some riders have huge earnings today.
Sebastian Vettel ($ 50 million)
After leaving Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel signed with Ferrari racing team a huge contract worth $ 110 million. Accordingly, the 27-year-old German driver will receive $ 50 million in the first year. The next two years, each year receive 30 million. This is the basic salary plus bonus. That helps Sebastian Vettel become the highest paid F1 driver today. On the 2015 standings, Vettel is third with 65 points after 4 rounds, behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Fernando Alonso ($ 40 million)
According to the 2015-2016 two-year contract that Fernando Alonso signed with McLaren, this driver will receive 40 million USD per year, including salary and bonuses. Alonso is 33 years old, Hispanic. He won the F1 world championship in 2005 and 2006. Alonso started his career at the Australian Grand Prix in 2001. He was ranked 6th in the 2014 total, but there was an unfavorable start in the season. 2015 when ranked 16th.
Lewis Hamilton ($ 31 million)
Lewis Hamilton is heading for Mercedes. Under the latest contract, the driver will receive $ 31 million annually, plus a bonus of up to $ 10 million if played well. Lewis Hamilton is having the best performance of the 2015 season, with 93 points after four tracks.
Kimi Raikkonen ($ 26 million)
Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari is enjoying $ 26 million per year, including salary and achievement rewards. Raikkonen is a Finnish F1 driver. He started moving to Ferrari in 2007 and became one of the highest paid drivers today. Raikkonen won the F1 championship in 2007 when Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso scored one point. The 34-year-old continued to win at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2012. Raikkonen is fourth on the 2015 season rankings with 42 points.
Nico Rosberg ($ 14.8 million)
Nico Rosberg is Mercedes driver, earning $ 14.8 million annually. His contract will last for two years, from 2015 to 2016. Rosberg is 29 years old, German nationality. He won his first victory at the F1 race in 2006, at the Bahrain Grand Prix racetrack. The driver joined Mercedes and became Michael Schumacher’s teammate in 2009. Rosberg achieved top-notch success in his career with Mercedes. He is second in this season with 66 points after four stages.