F1 Driver Salaries - Part 3/3
People argue that footballers earn too much money. Well, in some cases that can be true. Imagine how much Lionel Messi earns per week! Having said that, recently a Spanish newspaper named El mundo (The World) has recently published a report detailing the salaries of all 24 of the Formula 1drivers on the grid.
Moving on, and we have a group of 4 drivers in joint 4th place, earning 10 million per year. The first of which is the German, Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg. Rosberg, having driven in F1 since 2006 for Williams, and now the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, won his first F1 race in China this season - proving to both himself and his critics that he has what it takes to make it in F1.
Then, we have Felipe Massa of Ferrari, who also earns 10 million per year. Massa has driven for Ferrari for a long time although had to miss the end of the 2009 season after a spring hit his helmet and caused a serious injury for the Brazilian during Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Some people would argue that Massa hasn’t lived up to his potential since then, after he missed out on the 2008 World Championship by 1 point to Lewis Hamilton, who overtook Timo Glock on the last lap of the season to take the title.
Also earning 10 million per year is Mark Webber. The Australian, Red Bull driver is a very experienced driver, at 35, and he holds the record, currently, for the most number of F1 Grand Prix starts before taking a win. Mark Webber is one of the most popular drivers on the grid but rumours are that he may move to Ferrari for the next season.
Finally, earning 10 million per year also, is the reigning and double world champion, Sebastian Vettel. After proving his talents by winning in the rain in Monza 2008 in a Toro Rosso, Sebastian Vettel earned a move to Red Bull Racing. In his second year at the team, Vettel won the world championship before going on to dominate the next season and retain his title. Can the 10 million man make it three from three?
The two McLaren drivers are next, and both are in joint second as Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton both earn 16 million per year. Jenson Button, who moved to McLaren from Brawn GP in 2009, is a former world champion and that might make him worth the money, but in truth, is he worth twice the value of seven time world champion Michael Schumacher? Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, has shined in Formula 1 since his debut in 2007. He has been in the title running in all but one of his seasons so far; although 2011 was plagued with accidents for many drivers, particularly Felipe Massa.
Finally, that only leaves one man. The most expensive man in Formula 1: Fernando Alonso. He is worth a staggering 30 million per year! The Ferrari driver is a double world champion and is dubbed as possibly the best driver in the world. He is a worldwide icon and is famous to everyone, however is any person and even Fernando Alonso worth 30 million per year? That is up to you to decide!