19 Richest F1 Drivers
#19 Daniil Kvyat, $1.5 million
A Russian auto racing driver, Kvyat rose remarkably quickly in to F1, and his performances led Red Bull to quickly elevate him to F1 as he was announced as Daniel Ricciardo’s replacement at Toro Rosso , in 2014. He made such an impression on Red Bull that he was immediately named as four-time world champion Vettel’s replacement. Young he is, but he has all the markings of a future star.
#18 Daniel Ricciardo, $2.5 million
Ricciardo’s career started in karts at the age of nine, and he quickly progressed to Formula Renault2.0, before he caught the eye of Red Bull Racing . He was able to turn his impressive raw pace into victories, while his good tire management played a key role in some of his best results. After Mar Webber announced his retirement from F1, Ricciardo was confirmed as his replacement at Red Bull Racing, in 2014, and before that he starred in a Red Bull television series called ‘’Destination One’’.
#17 Max Verstappen, $3.5 million
At age 17, Verstappen became the youngest driver ever to compete in F1, and he is also the youngest driver to lead a lap during a F1 Grand Prix, but he is probably best known as the
youngest F1 Grand Prix winner, 2016 Spanish Grand Prix. Max Emilian Verstappen was born
on September 1997, and he is the son of former F1 racing driver Joe Verstappen. He will use number 33 throughout his career, as it was number he was using to while driving in his karting days.
#16 Valterri Bottas, $4 million
Bottas is Finish racing driver who won both the 2008 Formula Renault Eurocup and the 2008 Formula Renault Northern European Cup, before he was confirmed as teammate to Pastore Maldonado at Williams, in 2013. Like the Finns that have gone before him in F1, Bottas is a cool pilot who takes his racing seriously, and has already shown memorable dedication to the top level.
#15 Pastor Maldonado, $4.3 million
Born in Maracay, Venezuela, Maldonado is a F1 racing driver, and he won the 2010 the 2010 GP2 Series championship before entering F1. In 2012, he became the first Venezuelan to win a F1 Grand Prix. Maldonado has sometimes created controversy for his driving style, having caused several serious accidents through his career. This cool charming racer made his fortune by endorsing brands like Dekra.
#14 Romain Grosjean, $4.5 million
2007 Formula 3 Euro Series drivers champion, Romain Grosjean, made his F1 debuted for Renault at European Grand Prix in 2009. He races under the French flag although he was born in Geneva, Switzerland. His talent and effort are undeniable, despite he became the pilot since 1994 to receive a race ban after causing a multi-car pile up at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.
#13 Nico Hulkenberg, $8 million
Another F1 racer from Force India is Nicolas ‘’Nico’’ Hulkenberg, a German racing driver, who won the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans in his first attempt. Willi Weber, the long-time manager of Michael Schumacher, predicted that Hulkenberg would be ready for F1 by 2008, and he nicknamed him ‘’The Hulk’’, in reference to Hulkenberg’s whilst at the wheel.
#12 Felipe Massa, $8.5 million
Massa entered the racing world when he was only eight years old. In 2006, he became the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna to win the Brazilian Grand Prix. Massa holds a charity kart race, every year since 2005, and many famous drivers have competed in the event, such as F1 drivers Nelson Piquet and Rubens Barrichello. In 2012, Massa participated on a world record event at Silverton where 964 Ferrari cars assembled together on the track.
#11 Sergio Perez, $30 million
Sergio ‘’Checo’’ Perez, nicknamed due to his young age, is a Mexican F1 racing driver. Perez began his career at age of 6 in karting, and he became the fifth Mexican to compete in F1. From 2012, Checo Perez Foundation is supporting orphans and children with cancer.
#1o Nico Rosberg, $48 million
Nico Eric Rosberg is a F1 driver for Mercedes F1 team, and his father is former F1 world champion Keke Rosberg. Nico Rosberg speaks French, Italian, German, English and Spanish fluently. Born in Germany as the son of Finnish former world champion, Rosberg holds dual nationality, however, fluent in five languages, he doesn’t speak Finnish, as his father deliberately chose to teach him languages which would be more important for Nico’s racing career.
#9 Sebastian Vettel, $65 million
Sebastian Vettel is a four-time F1 World Champion, and is considered to be among the most successful F1 drivers of all time. At age 23, Vettel became youngest driver ever to win the World Drivers’ Championship. Vettel suggested in an interview that his childhood hero was Michael Schumacher. In 2015, he signed a contract with Ferrari, $50 million for his first year, and $30 for the two years after that.
#8 David Coulthard, $70 million
David Marshall Coulthard, best known as DC, is a British former F1 racing driver. His family was connected to motor racing, and Coulthard began karting at age of 11. After 14 years in the F1 drivers seat, in 2008, Coulthard became journalist, commentator and presenter.
#7 Alain Prost, $70 million
Alain Prost, Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur, is four-time F1 Drivers’ Champion. During 80s and 90s, Prost formed a fierce rivalry with Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, and Nigel Mansell. Nicknamed ‘’Professor’’, Prost employed a smooth relaxed style behind the wheel, and from 1987 until 2001 he held record for most Grad Prix victories, total of 51.
#6 Jenson Button, $100 million
Jenson Alexander Lyons Button is the 2009 F1 World Champion, and it was the only year Brawn GP competed in F11. Button’s father is former rallycross driver John Button, and Jenson was named after his father’s friend and rallycross opponent J. Erling. Button enjoyed racing from an early age, and he also became the youngest ever driver to win the European Super A Championship. In 2010, Button established charitable Jenson Button Trust.
#5 Lewis Hamilton, $120 million
Young Hamilton is a three-time world champion, and he has more race victories than any British driver in the history of F1. Hamilton’s base salary with Mercedes is set at $30 million per year, and with a bonus said to be $10 million per year. He is a big fan of Arsenal F.C., and a passionate footballer, and cricketer as well.
#4 Eddie Irvine, $180 million
Edmund ‘’Eddie’’ Irvine Jr. is a retired British F1 racing driver, and he was a millionaire through property investment before reaching F1. According to the Sunday Times Rich list, in 2006, Irvine was the 5th richest person of Northern Ireland. He is owner of more than forty properties throughout the world.
#3 Kimi Raikkonen, $180 million
Kimi-Matias Raikkonen, nicknamed ‘’The Ice Man’’, has won one world championship in his time with F1. In 2007, he became the highest-paid driver in moto sport with an estimated wage of $51 million per year. In 2008, Raikkonen was listed as the 5th highest-paid sportsman behind Tiger Woods, David Beckham, Michael Jordan, and Phil Mickelson. In 2009, he was listed as the 2nd highest-paid athlete, just behind Woods. He married fitness and underwear model Minna-Marri Virtanen, and she gave birth to the couple’s child Robin, in 2015.
#2 Fernando Alonso, $22o million
Born 29 July 1981, Fernando Alonso Diaz ‘’El Nano’’ is a Spanish F1 racing driver, and a double World Champion. Alonso started in karting from the age of three, and became world karting champion, in 1996. He made his F1 debut in 2001, won F1 World Drivers’ Championship title at
age of 24, and became at the time youngest F1 World Drivers’ Champion.
#1 Michael Schumacher, $780 million
Following or not any type of racing, one must know the name Michael Schumacher, as he has won seven world titles. According to the official F1 website, he is statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen. Actually, he is the most winning driver of all time, total of 91 victories. German retired racing driver holds many of F1 records, and became the only driver in F1 history to finish in the top three in every race of a season, in 2002.