F1 Driver Salaries Revealed (2024): From Verstappen To Piastri
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— 18 March 2024

F1 Driver Salaries Revealed (2024): From Verstappen To Piastri

— 18 March 2024
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

Like any other elite sport, the financial aspect of Formula 1 has consistently provoked questions like “How much do F1 drivers earn?” and “What are the highest F1 driver salaries?”

In years gone past, headlines have been plastered with the contract details of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and — even more prominently — fellow Toro Rosso, Red Bull Racing alum/former teammate Daniel Ricciardo; the Australian famously pocketing a jaw-dropping driver salary during his brief tenure at Renault (now Alpine).

But as the former enjoys retirement after a storied career that spanned 15 years/15 seasons/300 entries across five teams, and the latter eats a hefty pay cut for a seat with Red Bull’s junior team Visa Cash App RB F1 Team (formerly AlphaTauri, Toro Rosso)… suffice it to say, there are new kings of the grid.

Who is the highest-paid driver in Formula 1 right now?

2023 F1 Driver Salaries Revealed: From Verstappen To Tsunoda
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Unsurprisingly, the highest-paid F1 driver in 2024 is none other than reigning three-time world champion Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing.

In 2022, the team rendered the spoils of war unto their once-in-a-generation prodigy by offering him an incredibly lucrative five-year contract extension valued at roughly US$55 million per annum (excluding bonuses).

Effectively, the 26-year-old motorsport talent currently holds the 13th richest sports contract of all time, totalling US$330 million and tying him with MLB player Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies (they were 12th richest just months ago prior to Shohei Ohtani’s eyewatering US$700 million/10-year contract).

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The news of this exxy paperwork being inked was first broken by Erik Van Haren of De Telegraaf — a Dutch journalist reportedly “close with the Verstappens” — and remains consistent with Verstappen’s previous sentiments about holding it down with RBR for life. Or at least as long as they keep racking up race wins.

“I think they know I love them. And I hope we can do this for 10-15 years together,” Max Verstappen told the press after securing his maiden title at the “controversial” 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen, Highest-Paid Formula 1 Driver
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“There’s no reason to change ever. I want to stay with them for the rest of my life. I hope they let me… it’s insane.”

This represented quite a considerable pay rise given Verstappen was previously earning approximately €20 million per year, elevating him to the same level as seven-time champion slash Mercedes rival Sir Lewis Hamilton, who he has since overtaken in more ways than one.

However, if the rumours of Red Bull’s organisational implosion vis-a-vis CEO/Team Principal Christian Horner, Director Helmut Marko, and Max’s father Jos Verstappen are to be believed, the three-time world champion could also be taking Hamilton’s Mercedes seat. But that’s just grid gossip at this stage.

Mirroring his ever-dominant track performance, Max Verstappen’s salary is followed not-so-closely by the financial compensation of Lewis Hamilton, Scuderia Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, McLaren’s Lando Norris, Mercedes’ George Russell, fellow champion and grid veteran Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin, Red Bull teammate Sergio “Checo” Perez, then Scuderia Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz (in that order).

Betting Big On Red: Lewis Hamilton’s $446 Million Ferrari Contract

To quote Seb Vettel, everybody’s a Ferrari fan. Even if they say they’re not. Which is why after over a decade with Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, Lewis Hamilton decided to activate his current contract’s release clause in favour of greener/redder pastures come 2025.

Yes, that’s right. In a move that’s comparable to Paul McCartney ditching The Beatles for The Rolling Stones, the 39-year-old British motorsport talent is set to partner with Charles Leclerc next season in a final bid to win one last title; thereby breaking the all-time tie between himself and fellow Ferrari/Mercedes alum Michael Schumacher for definitive GOAT status.

And as you can imagine, this “multi-year” signing came at a hefty premium.

While the precise dimensions of Lewis Hamilton’s Ferrari contract have yet to be revealed in detail, according to French publication Sportune, the total package is reportedly valued at around US$446 million:

  • US$87 million per season for a two-year stint (with the option to extend in 2026) — a quarter of which will fund Hamilton’s charity Mission 44
  • plus a US$272 million joint-investment fund created by Ferrari chairman John Elkann via parent brand Exor (one that Hamilton would serve as the ambassador for his portfolio)

Greener and redder pastures, indeed.

Who is the lowest-paid driver in Formula 1 right now?

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The unwanted title of lowest-paid F1 driver is currently shared by Yuki Tsunoda of Visa Cash App RB F1 Team and Logan Sargeant of Williams Racing at US$1 million apiece.

It’s an eyebrow-raising detail given that Tsunoda, who enters his fourth year at the very apex of motorsport, is only equalling a comparatively inexperienced sophomore like Sargeant.

This is even more egregious when you consider the fact he was being paid less than other rookie drivers throughout the 2023 season such as Australia’s Oscar Piastri of McLaren Racing, who is now set to earn six times more than Tsunoda for the 2024 season (US$6 million).

Though I suppose you’re paid for your results and Yuki’s points haul has been the opposite of impressive.

It’s unlikely the Japanese driver will ever be amongst the highest-paid drivers in Formula 1. But perhaps he’ll score a few key points between now and 2025, proving to be even more crucial in securing the Red Bull junior team’s championship standings than he already is, placing himself in pole position for a juicier contract.

Or perhaps he won’t have to when Honda (potentially) demands his employment at the soon-to-be-revitalised Aston Martin alongside two-time world champion and grid veteran Fernando Alonso, as many have speculated.

Of course, there’s every chance these reported figures are slightly inaccurate. And lest we forget, these salaries are solely what the F1 drivers are receiving from their respective teams. Revenue streams outside of the cockpit will surely make for a comfortable living situation.

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F1 Driver Salaries (2024): A Complete Breakdown

2023 F1 Driver Salaries Revealed: From Verstappen To Tsunoda
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**NOTE: All $$$ = USD

How much will each driver earn in the 2024 season?

DriverTeamAnnual SalaryBonusesTotalContract
Max Verstappen (#1)Red Bull Racing$55 millionUndisclosed$55 million2028
Lewis Hamilton (#44)Mercedes$45 millionUndisclosed$45 million2024
Charles Leclerc (#16)Ferrari$34 millionUndisclosed$34 million2028
Lando Norris (#4)McLaren $20 millionUndisclosed$20 million2025
George Russell (#63)Mercedes$18 millionUndisclosed$18 million2025
Fernando Alonso (#14)Aston Martin$18 millionUndisclosed$18 million2024
Sergio Perez (#11)Red Bull Racing$14 millionUndisclosed$14 million2024
Carlos Sainz (#55)Ferrari$12 millionUndisclosed$12 million2024
Valtteri Bottas (#77)Stake F1 Team$10 millionUndisclosed$10 million2024
Daniel Ricciardo (#3)Visa Cash App RB$7 millionUndisclosed$7 million2024
Pierre Gasly (#10)Alpine$6 millionUndisclosed$6 million2024
Esteban Ocon (#31)Alpine$6 millionUndisclosed$6 million2024
Oscar Piastri (#81)McLaren$6 millionUndisclosed$6 million2026
Kevin Magnussen (#20)Haas F1 Team$5 millionUndisclosed$5 million2024
Alex Albon (#23)Williams$3 millionUndisclosed$3 million2024
Lance Stroll (#18)Aston Martin$3 millionUndisclosed$3 millionOpen
Nico Hulkenberg (#27)Haas F1 Team$2 millionUndisclosed$2 million2024
Zhou Guanyu (#23)Stake F1 Team$2 millionUndisclosed$2 million2024
Yuki Tsunoda (#22)Visa Cash App RB$1 millionUndisclosed$1 million2024
Logan Sargeant (#2)Williams$1 millionUndisclosed$1 million2024

How much did each driver earn in the 2023 season?

DriverTeamAnnual SalaryBonusesTotalContract
Max Verstappen (#1)Red Bull Racing$45 million$25 million$70 million2028
Lewis Hamilton (#44)Mercedes$55 million$0$55 million2025
Fernando Alonso (#14)Aston Martin$24 million$10 million$34 million2024
Sergio Perez (#11)Red Bull Racing$10 million$16 million$26 million2024
Charles Leclerc (#16)Ferrari$14 million$5 million$19 million2029
Lando Norris (#4)McLaren $5 million$10 million$15 million2025
Carlos Sainz (#55)Ferrari$8 million$6 million$14 million2024
George Russell (#63)Mercedes$4 million$5 million$9 million2025
Pierre Gasly (#10)Alpine$5 million$3 million$8 million2024
Oscar Piastri (#81)McLaren$3 million$5 million$8 million2026
Valtteri Bottas (#77)Alfa Romeo$6 millionUndisclosed$6 million2024
Esteban Ocon (#31)Alpine$6 millionUndisclosed$6 million2024
Kevin Magnussen (#20)Haas F1 Team$5 millionUndisclosed$5 million2024
Alex Albon (#23)Williams$3 millionUndisclosed$3 million2024
Daniel Ricciardo (#3)AlphaTauri$2 millionUndisclosed$2 million2024
Lance Stroll (#18)Aston Martin$2 millionUndisclosed$2 millionOpen
Nico Hulkenberg (#27)Haas F1 Team$2 millionUndisclosed$2 million2024
Nyck de Vries (#21)AlphaTauri$2 millionUndisclosed$2 million2023
Zhou Guanyu (#23)Alfa Romeo$2 millionUndisclosed$2 million2024
Yuki Tsunoda (#22)AlphaTauri$1 millionUndisclosed$1 million2024
Logan Sargeant (#2)Williams$1 millionUndisclosed$1 million2024
2023 F1 Driver Salaries Revealed: From Verstappen To Tsunoda
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Source: Salary data above based on Forbes reports, publicly disclosed figures; plus “consultation with various sources within the Formula 1 paddock and across teams”/paddock gossip (via RacingNews365 & PlanetF1).

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]