How much does your favourite Formula One driver make?

Sport360 staff 16/02/2017

It may not be accurate numbers from drivers' current contracts, but the compilation is a fair assessment on what this year's grid will earn from their respective teams.

There are no real surprises at the top of the list with Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel taking in a staggering $98 million per year between them.

Further down the list there are some interesting figures, with some newer drivers earning more money than you'd imagine.

Jolyon Palmer, for example, makes $1 million per year after only one season with Renault, in comparison to Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat, who earn $750,000 each and have more Formula One experience than the Briton.

What do you think of the latest salary figures?

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WATCH: Rosberg bags Laureus award

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Nico Rosberg with the Laureus Breakthrough the Year award.

Reigning F1 world champion Nico Rosberg collected another gleaming trophy last night in Monte-Carlo when he collected the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award.

The prize was granted to Rosberg for his outstanding achievement last season when he beat team mate Lewis Hamilton to the world title.

The German was up against some tough opponents like Olympians Almaz Ayana and Wayde van Niekerk, 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City, the Icelandic football team, and Fiji’s Rugby Sevens squad.

Rosberg’s Mercedes team, which was also nominated for a third straight year for ‘Team of the Year’, was beaten at the checkered flag by the Chicago Cubs baseball team which ended a 108-year draught in the World Series.

In the video below, F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi was on hand to deliver the Laureus trophy to the celebrated driver.

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'I called Toto the day Rosberg retired!' reveals Bottas

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Despite a binding contract with Williams, Valtteri Bottas lost no time in courting Mercedes for the plum drive given up by Nico Rosberg.

In a speech to Mercedes’ workforce in Brackley last December following the reigning world champion’s retirement, Toto Wolff said that with the exception of Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyatthat, almost every driver on the F1 grid had contacted him about the drive!

Valtteri Bottas was one of them.

“I called, it was the same day when Nico stepped down,” the Finn told Auto, Motor und Sport.

“As a racing driver, you always want to sit in the very best car. I’ve made it clear to Mercedes that I want to win races and become world champion.”

There’s no doubt of Bottas’ commitment and intent, but with a three-time world champion of the likes of Lewis Hamilton sitting on the other side of the garage, winning – let alone winning the title – is a very tall order.

“It’s a huge challenge for me. On the other hand, we also have a huge opportunity. I appreciate Lewis very high. I respect his achievements and his driving qualities. It will surely be a difficult year for me if I want success. ”

One aspect that could play into Bottas’ hands is the fact that Hamilton and himslef will be starting the season from ground zero, as neither will have a proper reference to rely on with a car designed around a whole new set of regulations.

“If I had come to Mercedes in 2016, it would have been harder,” Bottas explained.

“It is good that it is new for all. The cars will be faster in the corners and will be different with the new tires.

“It is still an advantage to know the team and the systems within the team for a long time, and know how they work. I have to catch up. My learning curve will be great.”

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