While admittedly being far more money than most of us will ever experience, F1 driver salaries as a whole have apparently taken a hit in 2021 (probably due to the ongoing pandemic). At least according to data published by Spotrac.
7-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton has – unsurprisingly – topped the list once again, this time by an even larger margin than in previous years. For reference, the 2020 season saw the Mercedes-AMG Petronas talent take home around US$80 million, followed by 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in second place with just a touch under US$70 million when he was still with Ferrari.
The 2021 season, however, will pay Hamilton more than double his closest competition – Fernando Alonso who has signed on to return with the recently rebranded Alpine F1 team (formerly Renault) for US$20 million. Not a bad effort, considering the former may be retiring from Formula 1 altogether next year, reportedly opting to negotiate a 10-month contract extension with Team Principal Toto Wolff as opposed to the 2/3 year deal everyone was expecting.
Here are the F1 driver salaries for 2021.
- Lewis Hamilton – US$55,000,000
- Fernando Alonso – US$20,000,000
- Max Verstappen – US$20,000,000
- Sebastian Vettel – US$17,000,000
- Daniel Ricciardo – US$17,000,000
- Valtteri Bottas – US$11,000,000
- Charles Leclerc – US$11,000,000
- Kimi Raikkonen – US$7,525,000
- Carlos Sainz – US$6,840,000
- Esteban Ocon – US$4,650,000
- Sergio Perez – US$3,420,000
- Lance Stroll – US$1,915,000
- Pierre Gasly – US$1,915,000
- Lando Norris – US$1,915,000
- George Russell – US$958,000
- Nicholas Latifi – US$958,000
- Antonio Giovinazzi – US$684,000
- Yuki Tsunoda – Unknown
- Mick Schumacher – Unknown
- Nikita Mazepin – Unknown
See how these compared to the F1 driver salaries of 2020.