The 2021 Formula 1 season is slowly starting to take shape following the announcement that Lewis Hamilton will drive for Mercedes, and we now know how much each driver will earn as well.
Hamilton is the top earner, collecting a cool $30 million this season excluding bonuses. Max Verstappen comes in second with $25m, while the returning two-time world champion Fernando Alonso rounds out the podium by taking home $20m a year.
RacingNews365.com has learned from sources based within the Formula 1 paddock. All the figures exclude driver performance bonuses and personal sponsors.
Formula 1 Driver Salaries 2021
|No.||Driver||Team||Salary (USD)||Expiry (*with option)|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||$25m||2023|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||$15m||2021*|
|-||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||$10m||Open|
|-||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||$10m||2021|
|11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||$8m||2021|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||$1m||2021*|
How much are F1 drivers earning in 2022?
Hamilton and Verstappen will still be the biggest earners in 2022, with the seven-time World Champion's salary increasing further.
There are also several changes to the grid, with Valtteri Bottas moving to Alfa Romeo, and George Russell going the other way to Mercedes, while Alex Albon returns to the sport and Guanyu Zhou makes his debut.
Find out the updated driver salaries for the 2022 F1 season in our latest overview.