We all know that Formula one drivers make a huge amount of money, not only through winning races and endorsing brands, but also their fees is skyrocketing to say the least. But how much amount one gets, was a big secret until now. Autoweek has revealed a list of what each driver gets paid, thanks to the latest Business Book, and the results are shocking.
According to the reports, there's a huge different between the top paid drivers and the drivers sitting on the bottom of the table, not only in terms of points but money also. Fernando Alonso is topping the list in 2015 with $39 Million fees followed by four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel at $30 Million, who left team Red Bull to join Ferrari in 2015.
Surprisingly, he took the place of Fernando Alonso, who was lured away by McLaren-Honda for this huge amount. Fernando Alonso hasn't won a single point in the championship, let alone a podium or a race. On the third spot is Lewis Hamilton, who earns $28 Million per year. The reigning world champion has extended the deal with Mercedes which will get him close to $50 Million from 2016.
Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel's teammate at Ferrari earns $20 million, while Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg earns $15 Million and Alonso's teammate Jenson Button sits at $11 Million. Only 6 drivers are earning in eight figures and the rest of the drivers are getting either seven figures or six figures. Williams' Felipe Massa, Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez and Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are all getting $4.5 Million in 2015.