Max Verstappen, the powerhouse driver from Red Bull, has not only become the dominant force in Formula 1 after an impressive streak of ten consecutive wins, but he has also secured the top spot as the highest-earning F1 driver. Surpassing his rival Lewis Hamilton by a staggering £17 million, Verstappen's salary reflects his undeniable talent and success on the track.
Verstappen Leaves Hamilton in His Dust
With an eye-watering annual salary of £45 million, the 25-year-old Verstappen has firmly established himself as one of the world's highest-earning sportsmen. Meanwhile, Hamilton, next in line for the highest-paid F1 star, falls quite far behind, earning a mere £28 million per year. The gap between the two drivers is startling, with Verstappen making more than five times the salary of his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.
Breaking the £10 Million Barrier
While Verstappen and Hamilton sit at the pinnacle of F1 earnings, they are not the only drivers reaping the rewards. Joining them in the ranks of high earners are Charles Leclerc, with an annual salary of £20 million, and Lando Norris, who is one of only four drivers to break the £10 million barrier.
Rumors of Leclerc to Red Bull?
With Leclerc's contract with Ferrari set to expire, rumors have emerged linking him to a potential move to Red Bull. However, his hefty price tag may prove to be a stumbling block for the team, as they could also consider Norris as a more affordable option. Norris currently earns £16 million per year and has shown immense skill on the track.
In the next tier of drivers earning £5 million or more, we find Sergio Perez, George Russell, Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas, and Esteban Ocon. Drivers such as Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly fall just short at £4 million, while Yuki Tsunoda, Red Bull reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo, and Williams' Logan Sergeant fall into the under £1 million range.
As the battle for the top spot in F1 wages continues, it remains to be seen how these salaries will shift and change in the future. But for now, Verstappen reigns supreme as the highest-earning driver in the sport.