F1 is one of the biggest sports in the world when it comes to money. As a result, the faces of the sport make a lot of money. British driver Lewis Hamilton is one of the biggest names in F1 and has been considered by many as one of the greatest drivers of all time.
His net worth has been a source of contention with many believing that Hamilton is worth as much as $285 million.
How Much Money Does Lewis Hamilton Make?
Hamilton has been one of the best drivers in F1 for several years now. However, a list published by Forbes revealed that he was not the highest-paid driver in 2022. While he does have the highest salary among all drivers, reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen overtook him on account of his bonuses.
Verstappen earned a whopping $60 million after receiving a $20 million bonus for his driver's championship. On the other hand, Hamilton earned an eye-watering $55 million from his salary.
The Highest Paid Drivers In F1
Forbes' list also mentioned the rest of the top 10 and revealed how much the drivers earn from their salary and their bonuses.
Max Verstappen – $60 million ($40 million salary and $20 million in bonuses)
Lewis Hamilton – $55 million
Fernando Alonso – $30 million
Sergio Perez – $26 million ($10 million salary and $16 million in bonuses)
Charles Leclerc – $23 million ($12 million salary and $11 million in bonuses)
Sebastian Vettel – $17 million ($15 million salary and $2 million in bonuses)
Daniel Ricciardo – $17 million ($15 million salary and $2 million in bonuses)
Carlos Sainz – $15 million ($8 million salary and $7 million in bonuses)
Lando Norris – $11 million ($5 million salary and $6 million in bonuses)
George Russell – $10 million ($3 million salary and $7 million in bonuses)
Driver's Salaries In F1
However, the point of contention in the list published by Forbes is the money made by Hamilton's teammate George Russell. Russell earned a measly $10 million in comparison to Hamilton's $55 million.
Russell's salary was $3 million and got $7 million in bonuses. He has been performing fantastically this season and is in fourth place in the driver's championship.
The disparity in their pay is stark, especially when you consider that Hamilton has only managed to be in 6th place in the driver's championship this season.
Lewis Hamilton And His F1 Season
Mercedes have struggled to get things right this season, and Hamilton has faced the brunt of this. After being minutes away from winning the driver's championship last season, Hamilton has failed to keep up his performance.
It'll be interesting to see if he can bounce back next season, but this season is turning out to be more forgettable than ever for the Merc.