SAME as basketball and soccer, Formula 1 has the potential to create millionaires. Being an F1 racer, not everyone can do it. Need the ability and patience to drive above the average person in general.
Therefore, it is fitting that the drivers are rewarded with fantastic income. Here are 10 ‘Jet Land’ drivers with the most expensive fees of all time.
1. Lewis Hamilton – USD489 million (Rp.6.89 trillion) *
Lewis Hamilton is a five-time Formula 1 World Champion. Forbes estimates Hamilton’s income of IDR 6.89 trillion per year in 2019. He earned this income when he got a new contract with the Mercedes team.
It is known that Lewis’s contract at Mercedes until the end of the 2020 season. Lewis’s contract value is reportedly getting Rp700 billion per year. Launching from gridoto.com, Lewis’s income succeeded in overtaking 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher as the highest-income F1 racer.
2. Michael Schumacher – USD464 million (Rp6.53 trillion)
Michael Schumacher is considered one of the best and most successful Formula 1 racers of all time. The racer, who is currently still unconscious due to brain failure, holds several impressive records that place him at the top even among the best racers in history.
These fantastic achievements include the most World Championship titles, the most Grand Prix wins, and the most races won in a season.
3. Fernando Alonso – USD458 million (Rp6.45 trillion)
Fernando Alonso is not only the most successful Formula One racer from Spain of all time – he is also one of the best F1 drivers ever. Alonso is a F1 world champion twice where he won the title before turning 20 years old, even though outside the F1 world. He is the F1 World Champion for two years in a row. He is the only Spaniard to win an F1 Grand Prix.
4. Sebastian Vettel – USD358 million (Rp5.04 trillion)
Sebastian Vettel is a German-born F1 racer. Vettel is a four-time world champion in the ‘land jet’ event. To win three consecutive F1 world championship has made him considered one of the best racers ever born.
Vettel’s career in the world of F1 was pioneered since 2006. Currently he is under contract with Ferarri until 2020. Vettel holds the record for the race victory and the third most podium.
5. Kimi Raikkonen – USD331 million (Rp4.66 trillion)
Born and raised in Finland, Kimi was nicknamed ‘Iceman’ during his career in the F1 world. Kimi has been in F1 since 2003 and was able to win the 2007 F1 World Championship in his first season.
He is listed as the most successful F1 racer from Finland with 21 Grands Prix wins, and the only racer to win the era of the V10, V8 and hybrid V6 engines. In 2008, he was named the fifth highest-paid sportsman according to Forbes.
6. Jenson Button – USD147 million (Rp2.07 trillion)
The British F1 racer successfully won the 2009 F1 World Championship. He embarked on a career in racing when he was only eight years old. And at the age of 20, Button began his career as a Formula 1 racer by winning his first Grand Prix in Hungary after six racing seasons. Button won 15 titles from a total of 50 podiums he won.
7. Ralf Schumacher-USD 121 million (Rp1, 70 trillion)
Together with his brother Michael, Ralf was born into a family of racers in Germany. Ralf began his racing career at the age of three.
He won a total of five races in just two years. His career in the F1 world officially ended in 2007 due to internal pressure.
8. Jacques Villeneuve – USD115 million (Rp1.62 trillion)
Racer blood flowed profusely on the body of Jacques Villeneuve who was born in Canada. He is the son of Formula 1 racer Gilles Villeneuve. He started racing for Formula 1 in the 1990s, and currently he is swerving in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race. Throughout his career in F1 Jacques Villeneuve pocketed around USD115 million.
9. Felipe Massa – USD 110 million (Rp1.55 trillion)
Similar to his compatriot Ruben Barrichello, Felipa Massa was born in Brazil. He retired from Formula 1 racing at the end of the 2017 season after previously experiencing a delay in his retirement date. Throughout his career Massa won six F1 races. Overall, Massa is still one of the most successful Formula 1 racers of all time with coffers of $ 110 million.
10. Rubens Barrichello – USD 110 million (Rp1.55 trillion)
This Brazilian racer has been absent for eight years now in F1. After a break, Rubens began racing again in 1993 to 2011. Throughout his career, he collected several awards and records.
At the age of 32, he holds the record for scoring the eleventh highest point in Formula 1 history. In addition, Barrichello is listed as the only Formula 1 racer to race in four different tire brands.