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.
The 11th highest-earning F1 driver on the grid is, surprisingly, Timo Glock of Marussia. The experienced German – who has driven for Marussia (formally Virgin) and Toyota – earns 3 million per year. Even though he may be experienced, you may not expect a driver from the team currently in 11th place in the constructors’ championship to be the 11th highest-earning driver in F1.
In 10th place on the F1 earnings leaderboard is another surprising entry. Heikki Kovalainen, the experienced Finnish driver for Caterham, earns 4 million every year. The former Renault and McLaren driver moved to Caterham in the 2010 season after his contract ended with McLaren. He is currently in his third year at the team: however he does admit that he would be interested in a move to a larger, more competitive team at the end of this season. Keep an eye out.
In 9th place on the leaderboard is the Finnish, former world-champion, Kimi Raikkonen, earning 5 million per year. The 2007 World Champion moved from Ferrari to race in the World Rally Championship before he returned to Formula 1 this year to race for Lotus. Who knows, maybe he will win a race this year.
In 8th place on the salary leaderboard is the seven time world champion, Michael Schumacher. The Mercedes driver earns 8 million per year, which some might not think is very much considering who he is. Perhaps, even though he is 43 years old, being the most successful driver in F1 history, you may think that he deserves more than 8 million per year. However old he may be though, he proved that he is still good enough for F1 as he set the fastest time in Qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.