Alonso's £24m salary dwarfs entire grid
Lots to smile about, Alonso leads the championship and the salary table. (© Ferrari)
|31 May 2012 by Ryan Wood||Tweet
Fernando Alonso easily tops the driver salary table with a wage almost double that of his nearest rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Ferrari pay out £24 million to the Spaniard each year compared to just £8 million for his team-mate Felipe Massa.
The McLaren duo are both on £12.8 million each, though a reported contract extension for Hamilton would increase that to almost £20 million, comfortably putting him second highest and just below Alonso.
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are the big gainers, having jumped from reported salaries of £3.4 million and £1.6 million in 2010 to £8 million apiece in 2012.
One of the biggest surprises is that of team-mates Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta. The former earns £400,000 per annum compared to the Scot who's the second lowest paid on the grid at just £160,000.
Note, these salaries don't include personal sponsorship and bonuses which can stretch into many millions. The figures are based on accurate estimates.
Reported driver salaries according to Business Book GP:
|04.||S. Vettel||Red Bull||8m||10m||12.3m|
|05.||M. Webber||Red Bull||8m||10m||12.3m|
|14.||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||400,000||500,000||618,000|
|17.||P. de la Rosa||HRT||400,000||500,000||618,000|
|18.||J. Vergne||Toro Rosso||320,000||400,000||495,000|
|19.||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||320,000||400,000||495,000|
|23.||P. di Resta||Force India||160,000||200,000||247,000|