The era of out-of-control Formula One spending came to an abrupt end this year, but there is still a group of people outside the series’ first budget ceiling: sports drivers. The top ten highest paid stars in F1 are expected to receive a collective salary and bonus of $211 million this season. Leading by
is Mercedes superstar Lewis Hamilton, who is expected to earn $62 million on the track in 2021. This figure includes a base salary of $55 million, which is more than twice the guarantee of his closest competitor. Estimated at 7 million U.S. dollars. In the prize money for winning the game. But because Hamilton is currently ranked second in the standings and is in danger of losing the drivers championship for the second time in the past eight years, his prediction does not include the championship bonus, which makes him a little less than his $66 million by 2020. He won a total of 11 games and won the championship. Max Verstappen of the 4,444 Red Bull Racing team is the pole driver to win this year. He is expected to receive a salary and bonus of $42 million, easily ranking second on the income list. Fernando Alonso followed, earning $25 million in his first season in the Alps.
Hamilton has 4 victories in 10 races and still has time to surpass Verstappen. The gap in the standings is only 8 points and 12 games (if F1 can find a substitute for the Australian Grand Prix, then there will be 13th) Cancel). November Grand Prix). Either way, Hamilton will definitely lead the F1 revenue race, as he has done every year since 2014, when he eliminated Alonso from a series of drivers on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time for $29. Out. Millions of salary and bonuses and 32 million US dollars (including endorsements). On July 18th, at the British Grand Prix held at Silverstone, the champion
Lewis Hamilton. At the British Grand Prix held at Silverstone on July 18,
champion Lewis Hamilton. BRYN LENNON / FORMULA 1 / GETTY IMAGES
A high salary is very important for F1 drivers. Their endorsement income is much lower than that of superstars in other sports like tennis and the NBA. Most F1 drivers spend on the track. There is very little energy, except that they have to play for their team and related automakers. (The teams themselves are partly responsible for limiting the types of sponsors their drivers can work with.) Although Hamilton receives approximately $ 12 million in revenue from sponsors, most of whom also support his team, but even Verstappen only receives $ 1 million in endorsements. every year.
Nonetheless, driver salaries should continue to fill the marketing gap. The new budget cap introduced by F1 this season limits each team’s spending to US $ 145 million in 2021 and US $ 135 million by 2023; this is a big problem for the best Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull teams. changes, its budget has skyrocketed to $ 300 million or even $ 400 million in recent years. These regulations force them to cut design and research expenses and eliminate a large number of staff positions, but driver salaries are not yet affected by the cost ceiling calculation and will become one of the few projects in the ones that a wellfunded team can carry on. invest cash to achieve differentiation.
Of course, efforts are also being made to limit this spending, but at least in the short term, wealthy drivers are expected to get richer.
Here are the 10 highest paid drivers in Formula One in 2021.
Lewis Hamilton replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2012 and has become an icon on the same level as his predecessor. Last year, Hamilton tied Schumacher’s record with his seventh F1 driver’s championship and dominated the race with his income, just like Schumacher, the world’s highest paid athlete in 2000 and 2001. He signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes. This summer, following a three-year $140 million transaction in 2015 and a $100 million contract extension in 2018, he is also the founder of the new off-road electric SUV racing series X44. people. Extreme E.
After winning third place in 2019 and 2020 in a row, Max Verstappen reached a new level in 2021, with 5 victories and a lead over Lewis Hamilton, even after a controversial collision with Hamilton. After being eliminated. And narrowed the lead to 8 points. Verstappen is only 23 years old, but he has become a veteran star: in 2015, at the age of 17, he became the youngest driver in F1 history, and a year later he became the youngest driver to win the race. Verstappen’s father Jos also participated in Formula One racing. He was named Person of the Year by the racing governing body, the International Automobile Federation in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Two years after leaving the racing circuit F1, Fernando Alonso returned to the Alps. The 39-year-old, who was once at the center of a string of “Spygate” and “Crashgate” scandals, has now reinvented himself as a very popular racer, in part because he broadened his vision of the careers. In recent years, he has participated in the Indianapolis 500 endurance race, participated in the Dakar Rally and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. The Spaniard won the Drivers’ Championship with Renault in 2005 and 2006, an early incarnation of his current team.
Sergio Pérez (Sergio Pérez) played for Racing Point (now Aston Martin) for two seasons, this is his first year in Red Bull Racing. He teamed up with Max Verstappen to push Red Bull to the seventh defending champion Mercedes in the constructors’ standings, but the difficult weekend spent at Silverstone narrowed the gap and put Perez in the drivers’ standings. Fall from third to fifth. The 31-year-old is believed to help spark new interest in F1 in his hometown of Mexico.
Sebastian Vettel (Sebastian Vettel) won the Red Bull team four consecutive championships from 2010 to 2013 and then jumped to Ferrari. This period ended in 2020, which was disappointing for both the driver and the team.

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