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GP Week : Issue 217
F1 >>> BUsinEss toto Wolff Worth: £205m Age: 43 Nationality: Austrian Title: Mercedes and Williams co-owner The last five F1 constructors’ championships have all been won by wealthy Austrians with stakes in in two F1 teams. Toto Wolff may not be quite as rich or successful as Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz yet, but as the force behind Lewis Hamilton’s victory last year he looks to be a major influence in the sport for some years to come. Wolff bought into Williams in 2009 and the Mercedes team four years later. He bettered Mateschitz last year by seeing his teams finish first and third in the championship, a feat not achieved by the Red Bull mastermind. He is married to Williams test driver Susie Wolff. kimi rAikkonEn Worth: £200m Age: 35 Nationality: Finnish Title: 2007 world champion It’s strange to remember that when Kimi Raikkonen debuted in F1 in 2001 he was nearly denied a racing licence as he had previously competed in only 23 car races. At the age of 35 with the 2007 world championship to his name, he is now one of the most respected drivers on the grid and has a record most drivers will never come close to matching. Ice Man Raikkonen is a cult figure among F1 fans due to his laid back style. His words over the radio to his mechanics on his way to victory in Abu Dhabi in 2013 - “Leave me alone. I know what I’m doing.” - generated a range of mugs and T-shirts. lEWis hAmilton Worth: £170m Age: 30 Nationality: British Title: 2008 and 2014 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s rise to F1 stardom is the stuff of legend. Spotted by McLaren’s Ron Dennis as a 10-year-old kart racer, he was brought up through the team’s junior programme and made his debut for the team in F1 in 2007 before becoming world champion a year later. His second championship has boosted his earning potential even further and when his current contract with Mercedes expires at the end of this year he may well become the best-paid driver in F1 history. gErArd lopEz Worth: £165m Age: 43 Nationality: Luxembourg Title: Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez was a rich man before he entered F1. He was one of the first investors in Skype and made an estimated £120m from selling his stake in the company. His company Genii bought Renault’s F1 team in late 2009 and brought on board a list of high profile sponsors. The team hit trouble last year, finishing only 8th in the championship, but Lopez has negotiated a coveted engine deal with Mercedes which he hopes will put them back at the front. 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: