F1 driver salaries reveal Ricciardo value

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Wednesday 13th August, 2014 - 9:36am

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Daniel Ricciardo ... the most underpaid driver on the F1 grid in 2014

Daniel Ricciardo … the most underpaid driver on the F1 grid in 2014

The great disparity in the value of grand prix drivers has shown up with the release of the annual salary list that sees Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo just 15th out of the 22 F1 racers.

Ricciardo’s move from the Toro Rosso squad to Red Bull this year sees him on a lowly 750,000, while his four-times world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel is equal top at 22 million.

Ferrari team-mates Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are also on 22m, according to the list compiled by Business Book GP2014. 

Championship leader Nico Rosberg is sixth on the list at 12m, with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton fourth at an estimated 20m.

The Mercedes duo are split by McLaren’s Jenson Button at 16m.

Ricciardo’s reached the top step of the podium in both Canada and Hungary, leaving him as the only driver outside the dominant Mercedes pair of Rosberg and Hamilton to collect wins this season.

Looking at the first 11 races, further analysis shows that Ricciardo – third on the drivers’ table on 131 points –  has earned just under 6,000 per point, compared to Vettel (sixth in standings on 88 points) whose performance to date equals 250,000 pounds per point.

By contrast, the most overpaid driver relative to points is Kimi Raikkonen, who has claimed just 27 points and is 12th on the ladder which means that each point he has earned equates to 814,814.

The figures are purely base salaries and do not include personal endorsements and personal performance bonuses.

2014 F1 DRIVERS SALARIES

=1

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

€22m

=1

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

€22m

=1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull

€22m

4

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

€20m

5

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

€16m

6

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

€12m

=7

Felipe Massa

Williams

€4m

=7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India F1

€4m

9

Romain Grosjean

Lotus F1 Team

€3m

=10

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus F1 Team

€3m

=10

Sergio Perez

Force India F1

€3m

12

Adrian Sutil

Sauber

€2m

=13

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren-Mercedes

€1m

=13

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

€1m

=15

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

€750,000

=15

Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso

€750,000

17

Jules Bianchi

Marussia

€500,000

18

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber

€400,000

19

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

€250,000

20

Max Chilton

Marussia

€200,000

=21

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham F1

€150,000

=21

Kamui Kobayshi

Caterham F1

€150,000

 

 

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