F1 2017 driver salaries: Who is paid the most?

Fernando Alonso is Formula One’s highest paid driver this season, earning more than both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

The information – reported by Fox Sports and The Drive earlier this year – reckons Alonso, in the third and final year of his current deal with McLaren-Honda, is on a massive $40 million (including bonuses).

In contrast, Hamilton, it is alleged takes home $31 million with Mercedes – $9 million less – and Sebastian Vettel bags $30 million for driving for the Scuderia, although both of these figures it should be noted do not include bonuses. Vettel, like Alonso, is also in the final year of his current deal.

Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas – signed by Mercedes this year on a one-year deal as a late replacement for Nico Rosberg – now earns $8.5 million, up from around $3.5 million from when he was with Williams in 2016.

Kimi Raikkonen comes in fifth on $7 million, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo on $6.5 million and Felipe Massa on $5 million. Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg both earn $3 million – although the former it is purported also gets bonuses.

Pascal Wehrlein earns the least – $150,000 with Sauber – although Lance Stroll’s salary is listed as ‘unknown’.

Salaries for the entire grid are shown below – along with a breakdown of how much each team spends on its two race drivers.

Another table showing what different drivers were paid in F1 2016 is shown for comparison, this latter information was complied by Business Book GP and was originally done in Euros (figures in brackets).

F1 2017 driver salaries

1. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda $40million including bonuses
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes $31 million plus bonuses
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari $30 million plus bonuses
4. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes $8.5 million including bonuses
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari $7 million plus bonuses
6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing $6.5 million plus bonuses
7. Felipe Massa Williams $5 million
8. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing $3 million plus bonuses
= Nico Hulkenberg Renault $3 million
10. Sergio Perez Force India $2.5 million
11. Romain Grosjean Haas $1.5 million
12. Kevin Magnussen Haas $1 million
= Jolyon Palmer Renault $1 million
14. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso $750,000
= Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso $750,000
16. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren $300,000 plus bonuses
17. Marcus Ericsson Sauber $285,000
18. Esteban Ocon Force India $185,000
19. Pascal Wehrlein Sauber $150,000
20. Lance Stroll Williams Unknown

F1 2017 driver salaries – team breakdowns

1. McLaren-Honda $40.3million
2. Mercedes $39.5 million
3. Ferrari $37 million plus bonuses
4. Red Bull Racing $6.8 million
5. Williams $5 million
6. Renault $4 million
7. Force India $2.685 million
8. Haas $2.5 million
9. Toro Rosso $1.5 million
10. Sauber $425,000

F1 2016 driver salaries

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes $37.5 million (€32million)
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari $35.2 million (€30million)
= Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda $35.2million (€30million)
4. Jenson Button McLaren $20 million (€17million)
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes $18.8 million (€16million)
6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari $9.3 million (€8million)
7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing $6.5million (€5.5million)
8. Felipe Massa Williams $4.7 million (€4million)
= Nico Hulkenberg Renault $4.7 million (€4million)
= Sergio Perez Force India $4.7 million (€4million)
11. Romain Grosjean Haas $3.5 million (€3million)
= Valtteri Bottas Williams $3.5 million (€3million)
13. Esteban Gutierrez Haas $880,000 (€750,000)
= Kevin Magnussen Haas $880,000 (€750,000)
= Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing/Toro Rosso $880,000 (€750,000)
16. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing/Toro Rosso $585,000 (€500,000)
= Pascal Wehrlein Manor $585,000 (€500,000)
18. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso $410,000 (€350,000)
19. Jolyon Palmer Renault $300,000 (€250,000)
20. Marcus Ericsson Sauber $235,000 (€200,000)
= Felipe Nasr Sauber $235,000 (€200,000)
22. Rio Haryanto Manor $175,000 (€150,000)
23. Esteban Ocon Manor Unknown
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