Fernando Alonso has emerged as the highest paid driver in the world of motor racing, with Lewis Hamilton not far behind as Formula 1 drivers take the top two spots in the big earners list ahead of their NASCAR rivals.
The authoritative business magazine Forbes said that the Ferrari driver earns $30 million per year, of which $2 million is made up of personal endorsements.
In second place is another Formula 1 driver, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who reportedly makes $27.5 million per year, followed by NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, with $26 million.
Another American, Jimmie Johnson, is next best with his $24 million, trailed by MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi ($22 million , and yet another NASCAR star Tony Stewart ($18.5 million).
According to Forbes, Formula 1’s reigning triple world champion and 2013 title leader Sebastian Vettel makes $18 million per year, slightly less than NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon.
Female driver Danica Patrick is not far behind Vettel with her $15 million, which is more than the $14 million reportedly earned by McLaren’s Jenson Button. (GMM)
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