It’s good to be F1 champ. Not only does it prove that you are the best in a field that is supposed to comprise the best drivers in the world it also means you’re paid extremely well. We have a good idea of F1 driver salaries for 2019 thanks to this site and Lewis Hamilton must be smiling.
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Leading the field
Winning five titles obviously makes you sought after. As he did on the points log at the end of 2018, Lewis Hamilton also leads this list. Mercedes-AMG F1 team shelled out $57 million to the Englishman for the 2019 season, making him the best-paid sportsman among all his countrymen. And that’s just his pay cheque. Lewis must make a nice little packet from his endorsement deals and performance bonuses.
Hamilton’s long-time rival, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is second on the list. The German reportedly gets paid $45m for the 2019 season. Incredibly that is $41,5m more than his new teammate Charles Leclerc. Talk about a wage gap. It would be extremely funny if the four-time champ was outgunned by the young charger.
The chasing pack
F1 may be seen as the billion-dollar sport, but not everyone rakes in that GDP-kind of dosh. Daniel Ricciardo will get paid $17m for the 2019 year since moving over to Renault. That’s less than half of what Vettel gets but still close to a million dollars per race, not too shabby. Ricciardo outranks his 2018 team-mate, Verstappen, by a good $3,5m, which, rumour has it, was not the case when they were both at Red Bull Racing.
Below is the full list of F1 driver salaries 2019.
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – $57m
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – $45m
- Daniel Ricciardo – Renault – $17m
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull – $13m
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – $8,5m
- Kimi Räikkönen – Sauber – $4,5m
- Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – $4,5m
- Carlos Sainz – McLaren – $4m
- Charles Leclerc – Ferrari – $3,5m
- Sergio Perez – Racing Point – $3,5m
- Romain Grosjean – Haas – $1,8m
- Pierre Gasly – Red Bull – $1,4m
- Lance Stroll – Racing Point – $1,2m
- Kevin Magnussen – Haas – $1,2m
- Robert Kubica – Williams – $570 000
- Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – $300 000
- Lando Norris – McLaren – $260 000
- Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – $230 000
- George Russell – Williams – $180 000
- Alexander Albon – Toro Rosso – $170 000