When it comes to big-money sports, the first one that springs to mind is probably football, which makes multi-million-pound earnings courtesy of endorsement deals, club salaries, and performance bonuses. But Formula 1 drivers are among the highest-paid athletes in the world.
Let us look at the most affluent F1 drivers in the world.
10. Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg is a former German racing driver who is now retired. In F1, Rosberg’s stint was marked by a tense rivalry between him and Lewis Hamilton.
The rivalry between them led Rosberg to become the only driver who has lifted the F1 Championship aside from defending champion Hamilton in the last seven years.
Rosberg, who raced for team Mercedes, is recognized for his 2016 Championship win.
Nico Rosberg’s current net worth is valued at $50 million.
9. David Coulthard
David Coulthard, a former British racing driver from Scotland, raced with several talented racers on the F1 racing tracks from 1994 to 2008. During those fourteen years of steering, he was not successful in winning the F1 Championship. Coulthard, who raced for Williams, emerged third in 1998.
After three years of determination, he emerged second to Michael Schumacher in 2001. Coulthard is now is a journalist, providing analysis of racing series.
David Coulthard’s current net worth is valued at $80 million.
8. Ralf Schumacher
Ralf Schumacher is a former German racing driver known as the younger brother of F1 legend Michael Schumacher.
Ralf competed in F1 for ten years, from 1997 to 2007. Ralf drove for Toyota, Williams, and Jordan throughout his career and won 6 Grand Prix. Ralf retired in 2007 and went on to join the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.
Ralf Schumacher’s current net worth is valued at $100 million.
7. Edmund Irvine Jr.
Edmund Irvine Jr is a Northern Ireland racer who competed for a relatively short period in F1.
He debuted in 1993 and emerged as a front runner after winning four races during the 1999 F1 season, where he challenged Mika Häkkinen, the F1 Championship.
Edmund Irvine Jr’s current net worth is valued at $120 million.
Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver and one of the most successful and highest-paid drivers in F1, though he has not won a title since 2013. Vettel led Red Bull to a successful campaign by winning the Championship four times in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. After that, his reign was Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton. Since the retirement of Nico Rosberg, Vettel has stepped up as the main rival of Hamilton. He will race for Aston Martin this year and holds the record for most successive wins with nine racing wins.
Sebastian Vettel’s current net worth is valued at $140 million.
5. Jenson Button
Jenson Button is a British racing driver who no longer competes in F1. His stint in F1 lasted seventeen years. He competed for Honda, BAR, Renault, Williams, Brawn GP, and Benetton. Button is recognized for his successful 2009 season in F1, where he emerged as the Champion while competing with Brawn GP.
Jenson Button’s current net worth is valued at $150 million.
Fernando Alonso is a thriving Spanish racer who loves to try his hands at various racing tournaments, and F1 was one of the stops in his career. Alonso retired from F1 in 2018. He won the 2005 and 2006 F1 Championship while competing for Renault. Alonso also competed for Minarda, McLaren, Ferrari, and Renault.
Fernando Alonso’s current net worth is valued at $240 million.
Kimi Räikkönen is a Finnish F1 racing driver who currently competes for Alfa Romeo Racing. Räikkönen made his debut in 2001. He then left in 2010 and returned to action in 2012. Räikkönen won the 2007 F1 Championship. Since his return to F1 in 2012, he has not won any F1 Championship.
Kimi Raikkonen’s current net worth is valued at $250 million.
Lewis Hamilton is a British racing driver. His impressive achievements in F1 include seven F1 championship titles with other outstanding records. Pundits have touted Hamilton as the greatest driver in the history of F1. He is the current defending Champion in F1.
Lewis Hamilton’s current net worth is valued at $285 million.
1. Michael Schumacher
The name Schumacher attracts honor and respect in F1. The man is, by any standard, top on the list of greatest drivers that have raced the tracks of F1. Michael Schumacher has won seven F1 Championships, and five of these wins came successively. He also doubles as the winner of the most Grand Prix and ranks as the number one F1 driver in history.
Michael Schumacher’s current net worth is valued at $600 million, making him the wealthiest F1 driver in the world right now.