Is George Russell a Pay Driver?

Published 06/14/2021, 2:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – Williams’ George Russell during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


F1 is one of the richest games in the world. Drivers, for example, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen are paid a huge amount of money to win the world championship. While drivers like Yuki Tsunoda and George Russell could only make a couple of Million.

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F1 can be a costly game where groups like Mercedes can spend almost half a billion dollars and groups like Williams and Haas that spend only a few hundred Million.

Notwithstanding, the groups don’t give this kind of information, and that is the reason there might be disparities. These salaries are dependent upon an increment with the ‘performance bonuses’ and sponsors that every racer has concurred. Money from TV arrangements and sponsorships guarantees that Formula 1 drivers are the highest paid in motorsports.

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The Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is the highest-earning racer this season. The British driver will make near $30 million in the 2021 season. Apparently, Lewis had a decrease in salary from last season.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is the second-highest earner. He will be accumulating about $25 million this year. Two times Formula 1 champion, Fernando Alonso is third on the list. He is making his return to the sport and Alpine will be paying the Spaniard almost $20 million for the current F1 season.

Rookie Yuki Tsunoda is the lowest-earning driver on the current F1 grid. The AlphaTauri driver will be earning $500,000 this season.

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What amount of money does ‘future champ’ George Russell makes?

George Russell is a British driver. He drives for the Williams F1 group. He is additionally a Mercedes junior driver.

George even got an opportunity to drive the Mercedes F1 race car during the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. It was when Lewis Hamilton missed the race. He nearly won the race for the team.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ George Russell celebrates after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Russell is the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Champion. He won it in his first season. Following his Formula 2 championship win, Russell signed a contract with Williams in 2019. He made his debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

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Yes, George Russell is a pay driver. George Russell presently brings home $1 Million. He is one of the 5 drivers to acquire $1 Million in the 2021 F1 season.

Russell is contracted to drive for Williams until the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Fernando Alonso trusts George Russell is a ‘future world champ’. He wrote a lovely message on Williams’ George Russell’s helmet in the wake of swapping helmets after the Monaco Grand Prix.

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On it, he wrote; “George, you rock!! Future World Champ”.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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