It’s no secret that driving cars at the pinnacle of motorsport comes with a hefty reward.
So let's take a look at the top seven paid drivers in Formula 1 this season.
The seven-time world champion holds the pole position for the highest-paid driver in F1. Hamilton pen down a new two-year contract with Mercedes in July. The Briton will earn a mind-boggling $62 million a year.
The Red Bull driver enjoyed a massive hike in salary this season, projecting his total sum around $42 million, which also includes an incredible $17 million-worth bonuses.
After two years away from the grid, the two-time world champion made his return with Alpine this season. The Spaniard signed a two-year contract with a whopping $25 million a year.
Sergio Perez who joined Red Bull this year after two seasons with Racing Point (now Aston Martin) will earn around $18 million, including $13 million-worth bonuses.
Sebastian Vettel, who recently switched to Aston Martin, is the fifth highest-paid F1 driver of 2021. His pay could go up to $15 million. It is believed that the Silverstone-based team is paying half of what the German earned in his final season at Ferrari.
Scuderia Ferrari academy driver, Charles Leclerc, is sixth on this list. The Monegasque racing driver, who is in his third year with Scuderia Ferrari, will earn around $12 million a year.
The 2019 and 2020 runner-up of driver’s championship, Valtteri Bottas, who is in his final year on his contract, will earn $10 million in 2021.