By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 02 March 2022 • 17:42
The 2022 F1 season is setting out to be an interesting sporting year, between the controversy surrounding last year’s finale, the design changes and most all the driver salaries.
There are a large number of rule changes for this season that everyone hopes will make the racing more competitive however it remains to be seen whether it will. Driver changes aren’t expected to have much effect on the races either with just three changes, with Valtteri Bottas leaving Mercedes to join Alfa Romeo and rookie Guanyu Zhou joining him. Replacing Bottas has been replaced by George Russell.
Zhou makes history as the first Chinese F1 driver in the history of the sport.
What did change is the salary of world champion Max Verstappen with Red Bull having announced that he will receive £40 million (48 million euros), putting him level with seven time world champion and rival Lewis Hamilton.
Joining the top earners are Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Here is the list in full:
Lewis Hamilton: £40 million (48 million euros)
George Russell: £5 million (six million euros)
Max Verstappen: £40 million (48 million euros)
Sergio Perez: £8 million (9,6 million euros)
Fernando Alonso: £20 million (24 million euros)
Esteban Ocon: £5 million (six million euros)
Sebastian Vettel: £15 million (18 million euros)
Lance Stroll: £10 million (12 million euros)
Daniel Ricciardo: £15 million (18 million euros)
Lando Norris: £5 million (six million euros)
Charles Leclerc: £12 million (14,4 million euros)
Carlos Sainz: £10 million (12 million euros)
Pierre Gasly: £5 million (six million euros)
Yuki Tsunoda: £0.75 million (0,9 million euros)
Nicholas Latifi: £1 million (1,2 million euros)
Alex Albon: £2 million (2,4 million euros)
Guanyu Zhou: £1 million (1,2 million euros)
Valtteri Bottas: £10 million (12 million euros)
Nikita Mazepin: £1 million (1,2 million euros)
Mick Schumacher: £1 million (1,2 million euros)
And if those salaries don’t make you cry nothing will, the sport having become one of the wealthiest.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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