Jun.3 (GMM) Fernando Alonso remains the highest paid driver in formula one this year.
That is the claim of the latest edition of Business Book, having published a detailed salary ranking of every driver on the 2015 grid.
Spaniard Alonso is yet to score a single point this season following his switch to McLaren-Honda, but he will banking no less than $39 million, international media reports quote Business Book as having found.
That is more than Sebastian Vettel, even though the German’s new $30 million Ferrari retainer is higher than his earlier wage as quadruple world champion at Red Bull.
In third place in 2015 is Lewis Hamilton, but the world champion’s $28 million will reportedly increase to or beyond Alonso’s dizzying earning powers next year and beyond.
Kimi Raikkonen ($20m), Nico Rosberg ($15m) and Jenson Button ($11m) complete the ranks of the most powerful earners in 2015, but Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado all take home a comfortable $4.5 million apiece, Business Book claims.
The only other drivers reportedly making their millions in 2015 are Valtteri Bottas ($2.2m) and Daniel Ricciardo ($1.65m).
Red Bull newcomer Daniil Kvyat is listed as earning $820,000, ahead of the impressive Toro Rosso rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, each with $275,000.
Sauber reportedly pays Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson $220,000 each, while Manor’s Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi make even less than that, the list suggests.
30/10/2015 Hamilton reluctant to help Rosberg beat Vettel Oct.30 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton says he is reluctant to help teammate Nico Rosberg cap off Mercedes' 2015 season with a clean sweep. The German team and the British driver have already […]
03/02/2015 Vettel pace raises hopes of Ferrari revival Feb.3 (GMM) Ferrari is emerging as a shock contender to take on mighty title defenders Mercedes in 2015. After Nico Rosberg stunned the paddock with his 157 laps on the W06's debut on […]
11/01/2019 Vettel will struggle to beat Leclerc – Rosberg Jan.11 (GMM) Charles Leclerc's arrival at Ferrari will be one of the most fascinating aspects of the 2019 season.
That is the view of 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, referring to the […]
11/10/2015 Hamilton on brink of third drivers’ title Oct.11 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton is now on the brink of wrapping up the 2015 world championships with four races still to run. And a late stewards' call after the Russian grand prix that […]
05/05/2015 Lauda tips Mercedes to keep ‘small’ advantage May 5 (GMM) Niki Lauda is expecting Mercedes to maintain a "small" advantage at best over title challenger Ferrari in 2015. The German camp has admitted that the level of Ferrari's […]
10/05/2015 Rosberg’s ‘humiliation over now’ – Lauda May 10 (GMM) Nico Rosberg's "humiliation" is finally over. That is the claim of Mercedes' always-blunt team chairman Niki Lauda, who had urged the German to urgently find a way to stop […]
20/12/2016 Marchionne not predicting 2017 title Dec.20 (GMM) Sergio Marchionne says he has learned his lesson and will no longer be making any bold predictions for 2017.
This year, many commentators said Ferrari was in obvious […]
02/02/2015 Hamilton, Dennis say Alonso not Mercedes-bound Feb.2 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton and Ron Dennis have dismissed speculation Fernando Alonso could be planning to spoil their respective plans. While Nico Rosberg pounded around Jerez on Sunday […]
19/11/2015 Hamilton maligns Vettel, Webber, Raikkonen Nov.19 (GMM) In one fell swoop, Lewis Hamilton has maligned three more F1 stars. Recently, the new triple world champion had to hit reverse gear after suggesting F1 legend Michael […]
13/12/2016 Rosberg exit ‘not good’ for F1 – Ecclestone Dec.13 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone and new F1 director Chase Carey are in contact with Toto Wolff about the identity of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes successor.
That is the claim of respected […]