If the things go well for the Sebastian Vettel, he will become the highest paid Sportsperson in the whole universe, ever. Yes, you read it correctly, highest ever! We reported a few days back that the Vettel and the Team Red Bull will part their ways for the 2015 season, with whom he was associated for 6 long years and won 4 world championships. He is reportedly in talks with the Ferrari, to replace Fernando Alonso in the 2015 season.
The rumors are that he can ink a deal worth 150 million pounds for three years, which works out to be $80 million per year. Speaking of the facts, Cristiano Ronaldo, the ace footballer, was paid $52 million last year and NFL quarterback Matt Ryan got $42 million, just ahead of soccer player Lionel Messi at $41.7 million. When compared with the previous amounts paid to the F1 stars, he surpasses them with flying colors. Ferrari paid $31 million to Michael Schumacher during the height of his career and Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were paid about $27.5 million apiece.
Interestingly, these figures are just plain salaries and do not include any sponsorship and endorsement deals. It is for sure, associating with Ferrari will bring him a lot of endorsements as Ferrari is in itself, is a very big name. But, losing the Red Bull team will also mean losing out with the Infiniti, which is a major sponsor for the Red Bull team.
Sebastian Vettel has not a very best of the season in 2014, with the 4 times world championship, sitting in the 5th position in the driver grid. He earlier reported that he is facing a lot of problems with the Red Bull car, signalling his exit from the team. According to the Vettel 'the 2014 car didn't match his driving style'.
The 2015 season of the F1 is already making a lot of waves with some major changes happening. Honda is all set to return to the F1 after many years with the McLaren team. Drivers are already shuffling from one team to another and a new track has been added, with the Jerusalem set to return on the calender of the 2015 season.