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The 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.

The world's top-earning athletes were named by Forbes magazine this week, with three F1 world champions making the top 15, although one of them didn't even win a race last year...

Yeah, you've guessed it, it's record breaking multiple F1 world champion, Michael Schumacher and interestingly, according to the publication, he earned $34 million between May 2010 to May 2011. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton meanwhile, who were both in contention for the F1 2010 drivers' title until the finale in Abu Dhabi last year, finished behind - although only just, pulling in $32 million and $30 million respectively in the same period.

Schumacher was ninth overall in the list, which takes into consideration 'salary, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, licensing and endorsement income'. Alonso came in eleventh and Hamilton was 15th.

Golf ace Tiger Woods took top spot - with $75 million worth of earnings - while MotoGP superstar, Valentino Rossi was joint 13th (on $31 million) and NASCAR men Dale Earnhardt Jr ($28.5m) and Jeff Gordon ($24.9m) were 17th and 26th respectively.

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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?

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