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F1 2011 driver salaries published – but who earns most?

23 May 2011

The annual list of F1 salaries has again been published, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso remaining top.

The report - published by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo and citing information compiled by Business Book GP - reckons the Spaniard continues to earn around €30 million per year, although it doesn't take into account any external endorsements.

McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are next up and joint second, with €10 million retainers, followed by Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher and Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel – all apparently on €8 million. Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli round out the top ten, both on €3 million.

The full breakdown is below...


1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari €30m
2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes €10m
= Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes €10m
= Felipe Massa Ferrari €10m
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes €8m
= Michael Schumacher Mercedes €8m
= Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing €8m
= Mark Webber Red Bull Racing €8m
9. Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus €3m
= Jarno Trulli Team Lotus €3m
11. Rubens Barrichello Williams €2.2m
12. Timo Glock Virgin Racing €2m
= Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP €2m
14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber €1m
= Adrian Sutil Force India F1 €1m
16. Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP €500,000
17. Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso €400,000
= Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso €400,000
19. Narain Karthikeyan HRT €250,000
20. Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin Racing €200,000
= Paul di Resta Force India F1 €200,000
= Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT €200,000
= Pastor Maldonado Williams €200,000
= Sergio Perez Sauber €200,000

What the F1 teams spent on drivers in 2011:

1. Ferrari €40m
2. McLaren-Mercedes €20m
3. Mercedes €16m
= Red Bull Racing €16m
5. Team Lotus €6m
6. Lotus Renault GP €2.5m
7. Williams €2.4m
8. Virgin Racing €2.2m
9. Sauber €1.2m
10. Force India €1.2m
11. Scuderia Toro Rosso €800,000
12. Hispania/HRT €450,000

To compare to the 2010 salaries, CLICK HERE