‘Alonso tops F1 money list’

Date published: June 3 2012

Fernando Alonso is reportedly Formula One’s highest-paid driver, bringing home a staggering 14 million euros more than McLaren’s drivers…

Fernando Alonso is reportedly Formula One’s highest-paid driver, bringing home a staggering €14 million more than McLaren’s drivers.

According to a French publication, the Business Book GP 2012, Alonso is netting an estimated €30 million per annum – and that does not include any sponsorship deals.

The next on the list are the two McLaren drivers with both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button pulling in €16 million.

So it’s no wonder Sebastian Vettel may or may not be considering a switch to Ferrari one day as for now he’s only earning €10 million per season, a vast difference to what Alonso is bringing home.

The reigning World Champ, though, is on a par with Ferrari’s second driver, Felipe Massa, while Michael Schumacher, who used to be F1’s biggest earner back in his Ferrari days, is now eighth on the list, €2 million below his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Reported F1 Salaries *
01. Fernando Alonso €30 million
02. Lewis Hamilton €16 million
= Jenson Button €16 million
04. Sebastian Vettel €10 million
= Mark Webber €10 million
= Felipe Massa €10 million
= Nico Rosberg €10 million
08. Michael Schumacher €8 million
09. Kimi Raikkonen €5 million
10. Heikki Kovalainen €4 million
11. Timo Glock €3 million
12. Kamui Kobayashi €1 million
= Romain Grosjean €1 million
14. Nico Hulkenberg €500,000
= Sergio Perez €500,000
= Vitaly Petrov €500,000
= Pedro de la Rosa €500,000
18. Jean-Eric Vergne €400,000
= Daniel Ricciardo €400,000
= Pastor Maldonado €400,000
21. Bruno Senna €250,000
= Nairan Karthikeyan €250,000
23. Paul di Resta €200,000
24. Charles Pic €150,000

Source: Business Book GP 2012