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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 1 drivers on the grid.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I was absolutely amazed to hear that Marussia driver, Charles Pic, earns a mere 150,000 per year! A lot of money to you? Well, wait until you hear this! Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is worth a mind-boggling 30 million per year! Yes, I haven’t made a typing error, that’s 30,000,000 every year!
As I said earlier, Frenchman Charles Pic is worth 150,000 per year, but surprisingly you would only be paying 200,000 for British driver Paul di Resta each year. You would have imagined that a midfield driver in his second year in Formula 1 would have been worth more than that, however the Sahara Force India driver is only placed 23rd in the driver earnings leaderboard.
In joint 21st place on the driver earnings leaderboard is Narain Karthikeyan of HRT and Bruno Senna of Williams. Yes, the nephew of the late F1 legend Ayrton Senna is only worth 250,000 per year, joint with Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan, dubbed a gherkin (or Sunday driver in German) by two times world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Next up, we have a group of three drivers in joint 18th place on the leaderboard. Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo of Scuderia Toro Rosso join the Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado of Williams on, again, a surprisingly low 400,000 per year.
Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, who is in his debut season in F1, drives alongside Daniel Ricciardo who drove for the second half of the 2011 season for HRT, while Pastor Maldonado is in his second year at Williams and after winning at the Circuit de Catalua it is clear that the Venezuelan has potential for the future. That is, of course, if he can keep control of his temperament as he is getting a bad name for causing needless collisions in Practice and Qualifying sessions.
Moving on, and we have a group of four drivers in joint 14th place on the leaderboard. The experienced Spaniard and former McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa, Russian Caterham driver Vitaly Petrov, the Mexican driver for Sauber, Sergio Perez, and the other Force India driver, Nico Hulkenberg, are all paid 500,000 per year. Pedro de la Rosa, aged 41, is the second oldest driver in F1, driving for the Spanish team HRT, while the only Russian driver in F1, Vitaly Petrov, has joined Caterham for this season after two seasons with former world champions, Renault. Mexican Sergio (Checo) Perez impressed at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix, finishing second behind Fernando Alonso, even though he could (and possibly should) have easily won the race. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg gets a race drive this year after a test role at Sahara Force India, last year.
Finally for this issue, in joint 12th place on the leaderboard, we have Lotus’ French driver, Romain Grosjean, in a tie with Sauber’s exciting Japanese driver, Kamui Kobayashi, earning 1 million per year. Romain Grosjean makes his second appearance in F1 this year after a brief stint in 2009. He’s driving for Lotus and has a good chance of being competitive because of the raw pace of the Lotus. Meanwhile, Kamui Kobayashi competes in his third full season for Sauber, earning a nice 1 million per year.
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