10 highest-paid drivers in Formula 1 – Forbes

Forbes’ latest list of salary reveals place Lewis Hamilton atop the the Formula 1 standings for the drivers’ payslips.

As a seven-time World Champion, Hamilton has enjoyed the kind of success in Formula 1 which can only be equalled by Michael Schumacher in terms of titles, but the records for most pole positions and race wins, among others, reside next to Hamilton’s name.

Should the title go Verstappen’s way, his earnings are projected to reach $42million for the 2021 season. Either way, he is comfortably P2 on this particular leaderboard.

A comfortable third in the list is Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, whose highly anticipated return to Formula 1 is set to earn him a $25m base salary for 2021.

Behind the Spaniard, we find the likes of Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel also taking home a very healthy pay cheque.

Projected top 10 2021 driver earnings in full:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) $62million
2 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) $42million
3 Fernando Alonso (Alpine) $25million
4 Sergio Perez (Red Bull) $18million
5 Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) $15million
6 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) $12million
7 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) $10million
8 Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) $10million
9 Lando Norris (McLaren) $9million
10 Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) $8million