This is how much money Lewis Hamilton earned in the worst year of his F1 career

Lewis Hamilton still pocketed more money than Max Verstappen, even over the worst season of his F1 career.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1

Hamilton vs Verstappen earnings in past year


Hamilton - $65m / £52m

Verstappen - $64m / £51m


Hamilton - $55m / £44m

Verstappen - $60m / £48m


Hamilton - $10m / £8m

Verstappen - $4m / £3m

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Forbes have released their list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2023, covering May 1 2022 until May 1 2023.

Hamilton is the 21st highest-earning athlete on the planet through that period, while Verstappen is 22nd due to pocketing $1m less.

But Hamilton’s earnings came amid his disastrous struggles in F1.

Last season he failed to win a grand prix for the first time in his career, and was outperformed by teammate George Russell.

In the early stages of this season he has not looked likely to end his winless streak.

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing in the post qualifying FIA Press Conference. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1,
Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing in the post qualifying FIA Press…

Verstappen, meanwhile, won 15 grands prix last season as he claimed the title for the second year in a row.

And he has won five times in 2023 already.

Hamilton and Verstappen’s earnings include bonuses - accrued through, for example, race wins and championships.

Interestingly, Hamilton’s “off-field” earnings remain more than double as high as Verstappen’s.

This factors in “an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and memorabilia and licensing income”.

Hamilton and Verstappen are the only two motorsports representatives in the list of 50 highest-earning athletes of 2023.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest-paid, Lionel Messi was second, Kylian Mbappe was third.

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