F1 2013 driver salaries published - but who earns most?

An up-to-date list of F1 driver salaries has been published, revealing just who is being paid what...
17.03.2013- Drivers F1 2013 photograph
17.03.2013- Drivers F1 2013 photograph

The annual list of F1 salaries has again been published, and while Fernando Alonso remains top, he has now been joined by Lewis Hamilton.

The report - published by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo and citing information compiled by Business Book GP - reckons both are now on around EUR20 million, Hamilton getting an extra EUR4 million per year following his switch from McLaren to Mercedes.

Interestingly though, the same publication had Alonso on a retainer of EUR30 million in 2012 - it is unclear why this estimate for the Ferrari #1 has now been revised...

Jenson Button meanwhile remains third, taking home EUR16 million, while triple F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel has got an increase and now earns EUR12 million with Red Bull, EUR1 million a year more than Nico Rosberg and EUR2 million a year more than Mark Webber.

Felipe Massa has had a pay cut, reduced from EUR10 million a year to EUR6 million, while Kimi Raikkonen seems to be a relative bargain for Lotus on only EUR3 million a year (EUR2 million less than the figure quoted in 2012), although it is rumoured his pot is boosted substantially according to how he performs and how many points he scores.

Further back, Sergio Perez is now earning three times more than last year following his move to McLaren, with the Woking-based team paying him EUR1.5 million a season. Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado are the only other drivers said to be in the EUR1 million a year bracket, with Valtteri Bottas on EUR600,000, ahead of Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil on EUR500,000 apiece.

The full breakdown is below...


1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari EUR20m
= Lewis Hamilton Mercedes EUR20m
3. Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes EUR16m
4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing EUR12m
5. Nico Rosberg MercedesEUR11m
6. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing EUR10m
7. Felipe MassaFerrari EUR6m
8. Kimi RaikkonenLotus F1 TeamEUR3m
9. Sergio PerezMcLaren-MercedesEUR1.5m
10. Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 TeamEUR1m
= Pastor MaldonadoWilliamsEUR1m
= Nico HulkenbergSauberEUR1m
13. Valtteri BottasWilliamsEUR600,000
14. Jules BianchiMarussiaEUR500,000
= Adrian SutilForce India F1EUR500,000
16. Paul di RestaForce India F1EUR400,000
= Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro RossoEUR400,000
= Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso EUR400,000
19. Esteban GutierrezSauberEUR200,000
20. Charles PicCaterhamEUR150,000
= Giedo van der GardeCaterhamEUR150,000
= Max ChiltonMarussiaEUR150,000

What the F1 teams spent on drivers in 2013:

1. Mercedes EUR31m
2. Ferrari EUR26m
3. Red Bull Racing EUR22m
4. McLaren-Mercedes EUR17.5m
5. Lotus F1 team EUR4m
6. Williams EUR1.6m
7. Sauber EUR1.2m
8. Force India EUR900,000
9. Scuderia Toro Rosso EUR800,000
10. Marussia EUR650,000
11. Caterham EUR300,000

To compare to the 2012 salaries, CLICK HERE

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