F1 has numerous fans and is now the third most watched sport in the world, and the most expensive. The expenses don’t start and stop with the cars on the track, although the vehicle companies do pour millions into technological advances for their racing vehicles.
There is more to the ledger than tyres and spanners, and at the start of F1 as a sport it became clear just how dangerous it is, so the good drivers cost big money, the type you can win with slots NZ, and get more expensive as they clock up experience and podium results.
Here are some of the highest paid racing drivers to date:
Bottas from Finland, currently drives for Mercedes. Rumoured to be worth approximately US$20 million it was most likely his 2017 F1 season that bumped him up a pay bracket. He won his first pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix, followed that with a victory in Russia and ended his 2017 season with a win in Abu Dhabi. He is still set to stick with his current Mercedes team, but as a driver he must be looking very attractive to the managers of some other teams.
Potentially worth US$9 million, this 28-year-old currently drives for Red Bull Racing, and has won five races, the first of which he won in Canada, Hungary and Belgium. A quirky personality who enjoys his victory bubbles from his shoe, there are rumours that the likes of Mercedes are sniffing around to make him an even bigger offer.
When Max debuted in formula one in 2015, he was the youngest driver ever to compete, and he is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Worth around US$2 million that number is bound to skyrocket soon, out of 62 starts he has had three wins and 11 podium places, he currently drives for Red Bull Racing.
This German driver has won 49 races and been on the podium 101 times out of 200 starts. He currently drives for Ferrari but was previously with Red Bull Racing, he has an estimated worth of US$55 million. He was the youngest World Champion at the age of 23, one to watch, should he get ahead of the rest he is almost impossible to pass.
The Ice Man finished his 2017 season in fourth position with Scuderia Ferrari, he has won 20 races and had 92 podium places, his estimated net worth is US$180 million. A highly respected driver, Kimi has had to endure some bad luck with the cars he has driven, but 2017 was already an improvement so maybe 2018 will be even better.
F1’s bad boy, Hamilton is a four-time winner and considered one of the best drivers in his generation. Lewis took his first win in 2008 and won the title again in 2014 and 2015, he ended his 2017 season with his fourth World Championship Title. He has won 62 out of 210 starts, and has finished on the podium 119 times.
Currently the wealthiest F1 driver, Fernando is rumoured to be worth over US$220 million. At the Age of 36 Fernando has managed to drive himself to 32 wins, 97 podium appearances and 22 pole positions. He drives car 14 for the McLaren-Renault, and is easily considered to be one of the F1 greats, he continues with the 2018 season and it will be interesting to see how many times we see him on the podium.