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F1 2015 driver salaries published

An up-to-date list of F1 driver salaries has been published, revealing just who is being paid what in 2015...
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 €35 million a year - €13m 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 €22 million to €28m, but still €7m short of his predecessor.

Lewis Hamilton is third on €25 million, although as he is still on his old contract that figure should increase dramatically next season, increasing to over €45 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 €18 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 €13.5 million.

Jenson Button had to settle for €10 million to retain his seat with McLaren – down from €16 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 €4 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 €2 million and €1.5 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 €250,000 - €50,000 more than Sauber's Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson. Will Stevens gets €150,000 from Manor and Roberto Merhi just €50,000, apparently to cover expenses.

The full breakdown is below...


1. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda €35m
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari €28m
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes €25m
4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari €18m
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes €13.5m
6. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda €10m
7. Felipe Massa Williams €4m
= Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1 €4m
= Sergio Perez Force India F1 €4m
= Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team €4m
= Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team €4m
12. Valtteri Bottas Williams €2m
13. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing €1.5m
14. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing €750,000
15. Max Verstappen Scuderia Toro Rosso €250,000
= Carlos Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso €250,000
17. Felipe Nasr Sauber €200,000
= Marcus Ericsson Sauber €200,000
19. Will Stevens Manor €150,000
20. Roberto Merhi Manor €50,000

What the F1 teams spend on drivers in 2015:

1. Ferrari €46m
2. McLaren-Honda €45m
3. Mercedes €38.5m
4. Force India €8m
= Lotus F1 team €8m
6. Williams €6m
7. Red Bull Racing €2.25m
8. Scuderia Toro Rosso €500,000
9. Sauber €400,000
10. Manor €200,000

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July 21, 2015 1:03 PM

LoveF1: Flippin' 50 grand? To risk your life driving an F1 car? Roberto's Merhi's salary is what some rich people spend at the roulette tables in one weekend (or even one night) during the Monaco Grand Prix! He probably can't afford to go out spending the dosh at every F1 race he goes to drive at all year! Jut sit in his motorhome and read a magazine :-)
Overheard at the British GP: Fan: Roberto, can I get your autograph. RM: Sure, here you go. Hey, are you going to eat those chips?


July 21, 2015 8:25 AM

Disgusting really isn' it that the top 3 teams spend more on drivers alone than most of the lower teams entire budgets. Ironic too, when in the case of Mercedes you could put a lot of the lower paid drivers in the car and they'd do just as well i.e. finish 1-2.

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