F1 » Best-paid driver in F1 2011 – revealed

Michael Schumacher comes in first for a change - at least in terms of motorsport stars beating Fernando Alonso, Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton et al.

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chrian - Unregistered

June 10, 2011 6:23 PM

This list should be taken with a grain of salt. MS would be making millions in endorsements regardless of whether he was driving or not.

Not more then two, maybe three other drivers can even begin to compete w/ MS in terms of "outside income".

So, it is not like MS is getting overpaid by the team itself, based on his performance....much of his income is based on his past accomplishments, which is, IMO, quite fair.

bojan - Unregistered

June 10, 2011 7:29 PM

I always said if I had to be a professional sportsman I would do golf. No great effort, no risk to life or limb, unlike motor sport - and more money as well! Is there no justice?

Zz - Unregistered

June 10, 2011 7:38 PM

@bojan Yep, it's best to choose the same 'sport' the corporate fat cats love to play if you want to rake in the big money. After all, it's on the golf course where they privstely stitch up the multi-billion dollar deals which leave most of the world in poverty.

Duke - Unregistered

June 10, 2011 8:05 PM

They make money on achievements written in stone,not on future possibilities.
Good for Schumi,I hope he screws Merc GP for every penny.He deserves it after the rubbish car they have expected him to win in.

Oli - Unregistered

June 10, 2011 8:56 PM

As has already been pointed out, these figures are based on endorsements etc as well.

It doesn't mean MS has the highest salary of the F1 drivers. I expect that would be Alonso - in the prime years of his career, 2x a WDC and 2x more beaten at the final race of the season, driving for the richest team on the grid.

I recall there being a figure of $5m being floated around as a salary when MS signed for Mercedes?


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