The last season of Formula 1 was without a doubt the push that the category needed to once again dominate the media spotlights around the world. The highest division of motorsports is a money-making machine that had one of the most attractive calendars in history in 2021 thanks to the hand-in-hand dispute between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for the title.
The Dutch media Racing News 365 was commissioned to prepare a report with the salary scale for the 2022 season after “consulting various sources within Formula 1 and the teams”. The amounts in the compilation led by journalists Jan van der Burgt and Dieter Rencken exclude drivers’ performance bonuses and income from personal sponsors, the publication clarified.
The truth is that there are not too many variants with respect to the lists that had already been leaked in the past and the scale has similarities with what was leaked in 2021. The amounts, after all, are approximations of the final number taking into account that neither Neither the teams nor the drivers officially report the figures for each contract.
The difference between Hamilton, seven times F1 champion, and the rest of the competitors is abysmal. He exceeds the vast majority of the grid by figures greater than 20 or 25 million dollars, at the same time that his former partner Valtteri Bottas did not lose economic capital after his departure to Alfa Romeo and receives a figure similar to the one he received previously in Mercedes.
Rookie Guanyu Zhou, who will be at the helm of an Alfa Romeo, has an income similar to that of others who have just made their first weapons in the category such as Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin who debuted at Haas during 2021. The salary more under? Japanese Yuki Tsunoda, who had his first experience with Alpha Tauri: He finished 14th in the drivers’ championship, but 78 points behind his teammate Pierre Gasly.
The most striking data could well be the appearance of Checo Pérez in a kind of fourth salary scale and also the figures received by Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly, two of the most outstanding runners in the latest edition of F1.
THE FORMULA 1 SALARY SCHEDULE
1- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes: 40 million dollars (2023)
2- Max Verstappen – Red Bull: 25 million dollars (2023)
3- Fernando Alonso – Alpine: 20 million dollars (2022)
4- Sebastian Vettel – Aston Martin: 15 million dollars (2022+)
5- Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren: $15 million (2023+)
6- Charles Leclerc – Ferrari: 12 million dollars (2024)
7- Carlos Sainz – Ferrari: 10 million dollars (2022+)
8- Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo: 10 million dollars (2025)
9- Lance Stroll – Aston Martin: $10 million (open contract)
10- Sergio Pérez – Red Bull: 8 million dollars (2022)
11- Lando Norris – McLaren: $5 million (2025+)
12- Esteban Ocon – Alpine: 5 million dollars (2024)
13- George Russell – Mercedes: 5 million dollars (2023)
14- Pierre Gasly – AlphaTauri: 5 million dollars (2023)
15- Alex Albon-Williams: $2 million (2022+)
16- Mick Schumacher – Haas: $1 million (2022+)
17- Guanyu Zhou – Alfa Romeo: 1 million dollars (2022)
18- Nikita Mazepin – Haas: 1 million dollars (2022)
19- Nicholas Latifi-Williams: $1 million (2022)
20- Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri: 750 thousand dollars (2022+)
* The + symbol is for those who have the option to extend their contract