Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is a 4-time Formula One world champion. He is among the most likeable personalities on the grid. He made his Formula One debut in 2007 in a one-off appearance as a replacement for an injured Robert Kubica. In the same year, he joined the Toro Rosso team, replacing Scott Speed. In 2008, he took his first victory, which still stands as the team’s only race victory. In 2009, he graduated to Red Bull F1 and stayed with the team until the end of 2014, before moving to Ferrari. His Red Bull stint saw him scale four back to back championships between 2010-2013.
His current contract with Ferrari puts his annual salary to $40 million along with bonuses, making him one of the richest drivers in the F1 grid. The length of his contract runs till the end of 2020 after which it is anybody’s guess. He’s driven for two very rich teams: Red Bull with their massive budget and Ferrari with their legacy, ensuring his lifetime earnings have crossed $500 million – $511 million to be precise, before 2019.
His 2008 race victory in Monza and further progress at the early age ensured he has a lot of records to his name. Sebastian Vettel is the youngest driver to score a pole position, a race victory, a double (pole + race) and a triple (pole + race + fastest lap). His 13 race victories in 2013 and 15 pole positions in 2011, still stand as the highest race victories and pole positions in a season respectively.
However his Ferrari stint hasn’t been nearly as successful. The initially struggled with the car’s performance and when they were finally able to get things in order in 2019, the equation between Vettel and teammate Charles Leclerc gave the team enough troubles.
He is endorsed by the likes of watch brand, Casio, car manufacturer Infiniti, car petroleum brand Shell & clothing brand Pepe Jeans. The German driver is reportedly worth $500,000 in endorsements alone.
Sebastian Vettel supports two main charities, Champions for Charity and United Charity. His support is mainly focused around children’s welfare and also sports.
Casio, Infiniti, Pepe Jeans
|Annual Salary||$40 million|
|Net Worth||$511 million|