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GP Week : Issue 224
Fernando Alonso may not be at the front end of the Formula One grid this year, nor does it seem likely that he will be back to his winning ways anytime soon, however he does lead all his fellow racers when it comes to salary. It has been reported that the double world champion is at the top of the list when it comes to how much his bosses pay him to race, even if it is only for a handful of laps before his Honda powered McLaren forces him into retirement. However, the Spaniard’s expertise in the Formula One is sought after enough for Honda to pay him a whopping £27million as they attempt to regain a foothold in the sport. Alonso is thought by many to be the complete package when it comes to Formula One, and this salary certainly indicates that Honda feel that way, however there insiders at Ferrari suggest his lack of feedback in testing counts against him. Meanwhile, the man who took Fernando’s place this season at the Maranello squad, Sebastien Vettel, is the second highest paid racer. The four time world champion is sitting on a very comfortable £19million to put Ferrari back at the top of the championship standings. With the season almost at the half way mark, it appears as if Ferrari is getting their monies worth as Vettel sits third in the drivers’ championship. In comparison, team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who is rumoured to only have one more race after Silverstone to show his mettle, is paid £6million less at £13million, an amount that is still worthy of a former world champion. So what of current world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was recently rumoured to have signed a £100million three year deal with Mercedes? If Business Book is correct the top British racer is only the third highest paid driver with Mercedes shelling out £18million. Teammate Nico Rosberg meanwhile, is worth £8million less with a cited salary of just £10million. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile, is forced to battle through on just £1.1million, the Australian driver the lowest paid driver to have won a race on the entire grid. Even Lotus racer, Pastor Maldonado, who has only taken one victory compared to Ricciardo’s three, earns £3million. Danni Kvyat is paid even less at just £500,000. Fernando Alonso £27,000,000 Sebastian Vettel £19,000,000 Lewis Hamilton £18,000,000 Kimi Raikkonen £13,000,000 Nico Rosberg £10,000,000 Jenson Button £7,000,000 Felipe Massa £3,000,000 Nico Hulkenberg £3,000,000 Sergio Perez £3,000,000 Romain Grosjean £3,000,000 Pastor Maldonado £3,000,000 Valtteri Bottas £1,300,000 Daniel Ricciardo £1,100,000 Danii Kvyat £500,000 Max Verstappen £200,000 Carlos Sainz £200,000 Felipe Nasr £100,000 Marcus Ericsson £100,000 Will Stevens £50,000 Roberto Merhi £50,000 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news Alonso out front despite being At the bAck driver sAlAries