F1 » F1 2012 driver salaries revealed - but who earns most?

An up-to-date list of F1 driver salaries has been published, revealing just who is being paid what...

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June 03, 2012 3:36 PM

I'm surprised to see Di Resta on such a low salary... I thought he would be worth more than that!

I agree the driver earn way too much but they don't ear as much as footballers that don't do a sport as dangerous as Formula 1!

Also I didn't realize Jenson & Hamilton were on the same salary, clearly equality at McLaren which people disagree with!

JOHN - Unregistered

June 03, 2012 3:59 PM

Someone else has to pay for this, it sure aint the CEO's or shareholders of the companies involved. Maldonado is supposed to be a paydriver, but he needs a 'Salary' to live of course.

Tommo - Unregistered

June 03, 2012 4:31 PM

Fair go fellas.
These guys pay out their own pockets initially to get a look in to F1. For them to be a viable driver ,talent and money they bring with them play a big part.
1 mill is a start to show any team your serious, even after proving yourself in GP2 and taking your prospective teams car for some competitive laps.
Some "pay" drivers cough up even more.
There are other sports that pay absurd amounts but in the end, F1 in comparison is by far the most dangerous compared to Pro Golf and Pro Basketball.In light of that, they deserve every cent, as their mistake unlike the other mentioned sports, can cost their life.

JOHN - Unregistered

June 03, 2012 5:15 PM


Yes some drivers get paid too much but F1 suffers from the sickness of greed. Too much money dangles before the top entrants and those who scramble for the lions share of it (sponsorship). Considering the risks (despite today's OTT safety standards) they take, it could be understood if not condoned- the salaries. Compared to other 'sports' like Tennis, Footy, Golf and maybe even Snooker, some F1 drivers salaries are a pittance and beer money.


June 03, 2012 5:49 PM

@ seedorf

I believe that the sponsors that the drivers bring effetively pay the drivers as well, given that the driver is essentially a front to the brand. It probably differs for each one though, and anyway, all drivers bring a form of sponsorship with them, 'pay driver' is simply a label used for drivers in the teams with tighter budgets.


June 03, 2012 6:26 PM

How on earth does the guy second on the list gets 16m he's only been in f1 for a few years and he is pulling the second highest wage in f1 what is he a record breaker or something? His teamate has about 7 years more experience than him, something aint quite right next we will be hearing that he is pulling in 20m+.

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