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Hamilton and Alonso are highest paid drivers in F1

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonsov

Lewis Hamilton is now on par with Fernando Alonso as Formula 1’s highest earners.

According to Business Book GP 2013, Briton Hamilton now earns an estimated EUR 20 million per season after switching from McLaren to Mercedes over the winter.

The publication claims Spaniard Alonso earns the same at Ferrari.

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Curiously, Formula 1’s next highest earner is Jenson Button, with EUR 16 million, followed by reigning triple world champion and early 2013 title leader Sebastian Vettel EUR 12 million.

Also in double-digits are Nico Rosberg (EUR 11 million) and Mark Webber EUR 10 million, while Brazilian Felipe Massa EUR 6 million appears to have taken a pay-cut in the wake of his poor 2012 campaign.

Kimi Raikkonen’s retainer at Lotus is just EUR 3 million, but it is believed the Finn’s income is boosted by huge per-point bonuses.

Mexican Sergio Perez is paid just EUR 1.5 million by McLaren, and the only other Formula 1 millionaires are Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg  all at EUR 1 million. (GMM)