Driving High: Salaries Of F1's Leading Drivers Will Inspire You To Change Your Career NOW!

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Driving High: Salaries Of F1's Leading Drivers Will Inspire You To Change Your Career NOW!

They say that Formula 1 is a dying sport. Well, if you have believed in that so far, think again! You might be someone who works tirelessly throughout the day in the office and yet is dissatisfied with the pay you get in return.

Dying sport or not, the F1 drivers will pocket some astonishing amount of money in 2017 alone; something that could take you years and years to earn.

So if you’ve always felt that the monetary benefit that you get from your work is not up to the mark, it is perhaps time to think of an alternate carrier option. But before that, you might want to take a look at the salary of these 21 F1 racers that will leave you green with jealousy:

#1. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

The decorated McLaren driver’s contract runs till 2017. He earns a massive $40 million per season. There are also bonuses that he gets apart from his salary on winning races and by fulfilling certain contract criteria.


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#2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

This might come as a surprise that the three-time World Champion is not the highest paid driver on the grid this year. He nonetheless makes $31 million along with bonuses.


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#3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

The Ferrari driver has lit up the scene this year after the induction of Ferrari’s new high-performance cars. The reward? $30 million in salary. However, he enjoys the maximum bonus money of all drivers right now.


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#4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

The Finn currently has a one-year contract with Mercedes. His salary is $8.5 million apart from the bonuses. It, however, is a big surprise that his earnings are miles behind teammate Hamilton.


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#5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

It is a similar story for Ferrari as well. The Finn also took a pay-cut to drive for the Black Horse for another season. He currently pockets $7 million plus bonuses.


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#6. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

The driver recently signed a new two-year contract with Red Bull. He is currently in the first year of his contract and earns $6.5 million along with bonuses.


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#7. Felipe Massa (Williams)

Following a few dismal performances, the Williams driver took a pay-cut to stay with the automobile team for another year. His new contract sees him earn $5 million.


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#8. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault F1)

The German signed a new one-year deal with Renault recently. He is Renault’s highest paid driver and currently earns $3 million apart from bonuses.


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#9. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Verstappen already had a multi-year contract with Red Bull, but his finances were renegotiated following the 2016 season. His new contract fetches him $3 million apart from bonuses.


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#10. Sergio Perez (Force India)

He is Force India’s most successful driver and is currently in the last year of his contract. Recent positive results have made him earn $2.5 million a year.


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#11. Romain Grosjean (Haas F1)

The Frenchman is Haas’ most decorated driver and the franchise shells out $1.5 million for him. He also gets some handsome perks in return for his performance on the race track according to his contract.


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#12. Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1)

Grosjean’s team mate might occasionally finish way behind him, but Magnussen is not too behind the Frenchman in terms of salaries. The driver currently earns $1 million apart from bonuses.


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#13. Jolyon Palmer (Renault F1)

Way behind team mate Nico Hulkenberg, Palmer earns $1 million per season. He has also signed a new contract extension with Renault for another year.


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#14. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)

Toro Rosso might not be automotive giants like the Ferraris and the Mercedes out there but they still give a handsome pay to their driver Daniil Kvyat. The Russian makes $750K a season.


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#15. Carlos Sainz (Torro Rosso)

The Automobile franchise also ensures economic equality between its drivers. Carlos Sainz just like his teammate Kvyat pockets $750K annually.


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#16. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

Vandoorne has a one-year deal with McLaren, and currently makes $39.7 million less than his teammate, Fernando Alonso. He earns $300K per season apart from bonuses. He is also in the last year of his contract with McLaren.


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#17. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

The Sauber driver signed a one-year contract extension for 2017. He earns $285K per season.


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#18. Esteban Ocon (Force India)

Unlike his teammate Perez who is in the upper echelons in terms of earnings, Ocon makes $185K annually. He is in the last year of his contract.


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#19. Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)

Pascal Wehrlein’s new Sauber contract probably isn’t as lucrative as what a move to Mercedes would’ve been. But nonetheless, he earns $150K from his new contract with Sauber.


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