Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were the absolute and undisputed stars of the last Formula 1 season. The two battled for the title until the last lap of the last Grand Prix of the season. Analyzing their presence in the top racing series ahead of the next championship, it can be said that they are the top of this sport not only as regards the purely sporting aspect, but also for the economic one. In fact, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen find themselves in the first two positions of a ranking referring to the highest salaries, by contract, for the 2022 Formula 1 season. This is not surprising, given the clear supremacy shown by the two rivals over the competition during the last year.
However, at least in terms of salary, the new world champion Max Verstappen has not yet managed to get close to Lewis Hamilton, once again in the lead in this ranking. The seven-time world champion, in fact, earns 40 million dollars per season, with his contract expiring in 2023. In the same year, combined, earn about 65 million dollars. 1/3 of the approximately 191 million that the drivers on the grid receive from their teams. In the first four positions of this special ranking only world champions appear: in third place, in fact, there is Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard earns $ 20 million in what could be his last Formula 1 year.
At the same time, the Asturian defends his place on the podium in this special ranking ahead of another former Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, who received 15 million from Aston Martin. Paired with the first non-world champion is Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren). In a season that foresees increases compared to the 2020 crisis – mainly dictated by the outbreak of the pandemic – the salaries of Valtteri Bottas and George Russell should also be emphasized: while the former will continue to earn the same amount as in Mercedes – 10 million dollars – despite the move to Alfa Romeo, the latter will increase his income to 5 million dollars, thanks to the transfer from Williams to Mercedes itself. Finally, at Scuderia Ferrari, Charles Leclerc receives 12 million, two more than his Maranello teammate Carlos Sainz.
|Driver||Team||Salary (million $)||Contract until|
|Vettel||Aston Martin||15||2022 +|
|Albon||Williams||2||2022 + (Red Bull)|
|Schumacher||Haas||1||2022 + (Ferrari)|