These Are The Highest-Paid F1 Drivers For The 2019 Season

By Brad Nash
11 March 2019
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They may not flaunt it like they used to, but F1's best are making more bank than ever

We're in an era now where it's considered more than a little bit gauche for F1 drivers to really flaunt their wealth a-la-James Hunt.

The men who take the grid are, largely, consummate professionals, dedicating their lives to what's going on on the track, with what seems like a ruthless focus and a blatant disregard for the finer things in life.

Lewis Hamilton is by far the most extra driver on the grid, but even though he might pop up at a fashion event every now and then, he's not exactly the bad boy of racing.

The era of Kimi Raikkonen walking straight on to a yacht directly from retiring from the Monaco GP feels like an age ago.

Even though they don't flaunt it, however, that doesn't mean that the highest paid F1 drivers aren't earning a fuckload of money. In fact, they're some of the highest-paid athletes in the world, earning not only bumper salaries from their respective teams, but in the case of uber-successful drivers like Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, taking home some of the most lucrative endorsement deals in world sport.

British paper the Daily Mirror has revealed the details on just who's set to make the most bank over the course of this year, and once again, it's four-time world champ Lewis Hamilton who commands the biggest pay packet by a long way.

Few people in world sport back up their pop culture appeal with the level of success and adulation that Hamilton routinely accomplishes, and as his $57m salary suggests, that makes him absolute catnip for sponsors.

In fact, such is Hamilton's appeal globally, his endorsement deals take his total earnings to more than 300 times that of F1's youngest drivers, and nearly $20 million a year more than his closest financial (and title) rival, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

The huge pay day that Daniel Ricciardo received by switching to Renault's Factory team has also seen him race up the standings, and he'll now be claiming the final spot on the monetary podium.

#1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) — $57,000,000

#2 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) —  $39,700,000

#3 Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) — $34,500,000

#4 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) — $13,000,000

#5 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) — $8,500,000

#6 Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) — $4,500,000

#7 Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) — $4,500,000

#8 Carlos Sainz (McLaren) — $3,900,000

#9 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) — $3,200,000

#10 Sergio Perez (Racing Point) — $3,200,000

Via GQ Australia