The annual list of F1 salaries has been published, with two world champions topping the list and a driver who is not even competing on the grand prix grid this year coming in at third place.
The report – published by Spanish newspaper El Mundo and citing information compiled by Business Book GP – reveals that Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is on a retainer of some £30 million, supplemented by his external endorsements.
That’s almost twice the salary of Lewis Hamilton, whose £16m pay packet is virtually identical to the amount received by WRC convert Kimi Raikkonen, as the Finn continues to benefit handsomely from his early Ferrari pay-off.
Next up is Felipe Massa on £14m, with defending F1 champ Jenson Button fifth on £9m, just ahead of Michael Schumacher (£8m).
A significant surprise, if the findings are accurate, is that Williams’ ultra-experienced veteran Rubens Barrichello is on more money (£5.5m) than either current world championship leader Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel. The Australian, perhaps similarly unexpectedly, receives more than the German (£4.2m to £2m) – although both are understood to be on substantial bonus agreements for every victory notched up.
The figures make Ferrari comfortably the highest spenders of the year in terms of driver expense, with or without Raikkonen taken into consideration, as the full list below shows.
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari £30m
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren £16m
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari £16m
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari £14m
5. Jenson Button McLaren £9m
6. Michael Schumacher Mercedes £8m
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes £8m
8. Robert Kubica Renault £7.5m
9. Rubens Barrichello Williams £5.5m
10. Mark Webber Red Bull £4.2m
11. Jarno Trulli Lotus £3m
12. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull £2m
13. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus £2m
14. Timo Glock Virgin £1m
15. Nico Hülkenberg Williams £700,000
16. Pedro de la Rosa Sauber £500,000
17. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber £500,000
18. Vitaly Petrov Renault £400,000
19. Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso £400,000
20. Sébastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso £400,000
21. Adrian Sutil Force India £200,000
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India £200,000
23. Lucas Di Grassi Virgin £200,000
24. Bruno Senna Hispania Racing £150,000
25. Karun Chandhok Hispania Racing £Nil
26. Sakon Yamamoto Hispania Racing £Nil
1. Ferrari £60m
2. McLaren £25m
3. Mercedes £16m
4. Renault £7.9m
5. Red Bull £6.2m
6. Williams £6.2m
7. Lotus £5m
8. Virgin £1.2m
9. Sauber £1m
10. Scuderia Toro Rosso £800,000
11. Force India £400,000
12. Hispania Racing £150,000