The annual list of Formula 1 salaries has again been published, and Fernando Alonso is now comfortably top following his move to McLaren-Honda.

The information - complied by Business Book GP and reported by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo - alleges the double F1 world champion is on EUR35 million a year - EUR13m extra a season - after inking a deal to return to Woking at the end of 2014.

Sebastian Vettel has also got a raise after his move from Red Bull to replace Alonso at Ferrari, up from EUR22 million to EUR28m, but still EUR7m short of his predecessor.

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Lewis Hamilton is third on EUR25 million, although as he is still on his old contract that figure should increase dramatically next season, increasing to over EUR45 million per season, if figures quoted by the media after he signed his new three-year deal with Mercedes are to be believed.

Kimi Raikkonen is fourth, estimated to be on EUR18 million, despite his less than spectacular performances with the Scuderia, while Nico Rosberg, Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate and chief championship rival comes in fifth, netting EUR13.5 million.

Jenson Button had to settle for EUR10 million to retain his seat with McLaren - down from EUR16 million in 2014 - while Williams' Felipe Massa, Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez and Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado all earn EUR4 million, it is claimed.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo both remain on relatively paltry salaries - given how highly they are rated - at EUR2 million and EUR1.5 million respectively, the latter earning double that of his new team-mate, Daniil Kvyat.

Toro Rosso F1 rookies Max Verstappen and Carlo Sainz both take home EUR250,000 - EUR50,000 more than Sauber's Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson. Will Stevens gets EUR150,000 from Manor and Roberto Merhi just EUR50,000, apparently to cover expenses.

The full breakdown is below...


1. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda EUR35m
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari EUR28m
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes EUR25m
4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari EUR18m
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes EUR13.5m
6. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda EUR10m
7. Felipe Massa Williams EUR4m
= Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1 EUR4m
= Sergio Perez Force India F1 EUR4m
= Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team EUR4m
= Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team EUR4m
12. Valtteri Bottas Williams EUR2m
13. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing EUR1.5m
14. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing EUR750,000
15. Max Verstappen Scuderia Toro Rosso EUR250,000
= Carlos Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso EUR250,000
17. Felipe Nasr Sauber EUR200,000
= Marcus Ericsson Sauber EUR200,000
19. Will Stevens Manor EUR150,000
20. Roberto Merhi Manor EUR50,000

What the F1 teams spend on drivers in 2015:

1. Ferrari EUR46m
2. McLaren-Honda EUR45m
3. Mercedes EUR38.5m
4. Force India EUR8m
= Lotus F1 team EUR8m
6. Williams EUR6m
7. Red Bull Racing EUR2.25m
8. Scuderia Toro Rosso EUR500,000
9. Sauber EUR400,000
10. Manor EUR200,000

To compare to the 2014 salaries, CLICK HERE

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McLaren look a little stupid when compared to other teams (especially Red Bull/Toro Rosso) - whoever's idea it was to start that driver programme is a genius in hindsight, plenty of young talented drivers, who can be paid peanuts!

George Zaidan: ...and Nico was wondering why Alonso is always happy and smiling giving he is 'racing' at the back. Now we know.[\blockquote]

Alonso is probably thinking McLaren Honda are as stupid as the village idiot. and for 3 years too!!!

Taz: Button is a bargain at 10 million.[\blockquote]

Just to confirm it Alonso is overpaid by a factor of 3