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F1 2022

The best 'Value for Money' F1 drivers in the 2022 season

Formula 1 drivers are paid the big bucks to deliver on track, so which drivers were the best value for money across the 2022 season?

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While all the prestige in Formula 1 lies in the Drivers' World Championship, the bills are paid through the Constructors' Championship.

Teams entrust drivers nearly 25 times a year to score them the crucial points they need to try and claim an extra position in the Constructors' - which could be worth millions of dollars come the end of the campaign and final tallies are in.

Big money is paid out to ensure the best drivers are in your car, but who were the best 'Value for money' drivers throughout 2022?

World Champion Max Verstappen scored the most points ever in a single-season with 454, but thanks to his rather high base salary, others proved slightly more economical.

NOTE: The salary figures in the table below refer to the estimated base salary for the drivers, and not counting any race or championship bonuses.

F1 drivers salaries vs points in 2022

Driver Points Salary - US Dollars Cost per point
Max Verstappen 454 35,000,000 77,093
Charles Leclerc 308 12,000,000 38,961
Sergio Perez 305 10,000,000 32,787
George Russell 275 5,000,000 18,182
Carlos Sainz Jr 246 10,000,000 40,650
Lewis Hamilton 240 40,000,000 166,667
Lando Norris 122 15,000,000 122,951
Esteban Ocon 92 5,000,000 54,348
Fernando Alonso 81 20,000,000 246,914
Valtteri Bottas 49 10,000,000 204,082
Daniel Ricciardo 37 15,000,000 405,405
Sebastian Vettel 37 15,000,000 405,405
Kevin Magnussen 25 5,000,000 200,000
Pierre Gasly 23 5,000,000 217,391
Lance Stroll 18 10,000,000 555,556
Mick Schumacher 12 1,000,000 83,333
Yuki Tsunoda 12 750,000 62,500
Zhou Guanyu 6 1,000,000 166,667
Alex Albon 4 2,000,000 500,000
Nicholas Latifi 2 1,000,000 500,000
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Russell most economical, Stroll most expensive

Of the 20 drivers, it is Mercedes' George Russell who proved the most economical, costing the team $18,182 for each of his 275 points for his $5,000,000 salary.

Teammate Lewis Hamilton's 240 point haul was worth $166k apiece thanks to his mega $40,000,000 salary - the highest of any driver on the grid.

World Champion Max Verstappen's record-breaking haul of 454 points was against a salary of $35,000,000.

That works out at $77,093 per point for Red Bull, with teammate Sergio Perez coming in at 32,787 for his 305 points on a $10,000,000 pay packet.

At the other end of the scale, it was Lance Stroll who was the most costly driver - the Aston Martin racer costing the team $555,556 for his 18 points on a $10m salary.

Across the garage, Sebastian Vettel didn't prove much more economical, costing a hefty $405,405 for 37 points hauled, while receiving $15 million in salary - the same figures as Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren.

Eight of the drivers - Verstappen, Russell, Perez, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher and Yuki Tsunoda were all within five figures, while the other 12 all ended with six-figure sums.

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