Formula 1: Salary cap? Here’s what Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel & Co. say | Formula 1 news

World champion Max Verstappen rejects Formula 1 salary limit. “This is completely wrong,” the Red Bull driver said in Baku on Friday. Formula 1 is getting more and more popular at the moment and everyone is making more and more money.

Verstappen demanded that drivers continue to share in the increased income without an upper limit. “After all, they’re running the show and risking their lives,” said the Dutchman.

for some time in Equation 1 We discussed that as of 2023, salary expenses for regular drivers should not exceed $30 million annually. Verstappen has a long-term contract with Red Bull and, along with Lewis Hamilton, is one of the best racing series winners.

F1 star payroll*

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    Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Toure): about 700 thousand euros © Imago
  2. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo): about 900 thousand euros
    Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo): around 940,000 euros © Imago
  3. Nicholas Latifi (Williams): about 900,000 euros
    Nicholas Latifi (Williams): around 940,000 euros © Imago
  4. Mick Schumacher (Haas): around 900,000 euros
    Mick Schumacher (Haas): around 940,000 euros © Imago
  5. Alexandre Albon (Williams): about 1.8 million euros
    Alexander Albon (Williams): about 1.9 million euros © Imago
  6. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri): around 4.5 million euros
    Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri): around 4.7 million euros © Imago
  7. Esteban Ocon (Alpine): around 4.5 million euros
    Esteban Ocon (Alpine): around 4.7 million euros © Imago
  8. George Russell (Mercedes): around 4.5 million euros.
    George Russell (Mercedes): around 4.7 million euros © Imago
  9. PLACE 8: Kevin Magnussen (Haas) - Average age: 2.64
    Kevin Magnussen (Haas): around 5.7 million euros © Imago
  10. Sergio Perez (Red Bull): around 7.2 million euros
    Sergio Perez (Red Bull): around 7.6 million euros © Imago
  11. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin): about 9 million euros.
    Lance Stroll (Aston Martin): around 9.4 million euros © Imago
  12. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo): around 9 million euros
    Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo): around 9.4 million euros © Imago
  13. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari): around 9 million euros.
    Carlos Sainz (Ferrari): around 9.4 million euros © Imago
  14. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): around 11 million euros.
    Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): around 11.3 million euros © Imago
  15. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin): around 13.5 million euros
    Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin): around 14.2 million euros © Imago
  16. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren): around 13.5 million euros.
    Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren): around 14.2 million euros © Imago
  17. Fernando Alonso (Alpine): around 18 million euros
    Fernando Alonso (Alpine): around 18.9 million euros © Imago
  18. Lando Norris (McLaren): around 18.5 million euros.
    Lando Norris (McLaren): around 18.9 million euros © Imago
  19. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): around 36 million euros (Source even here:
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): around 37.8 million euros (Source up to here: © Imago
  20. Max Verstappen (Red Bull): between 40 and 50 million euros (Source: De Telegraph).
    Max Verstappen (Red Bull): between 40 and 50 million euros (Source: De Telegraf) © Imago

The 24-year-old warned that a salary cap could deter young talent investors. These financiers often speculate about the futures of their owners in the United States Equation 1 to earn. “If we get a limit, it will also affect all of the junior series,” Verstappen said. “And nobody wants that.”

Formula 1 pilots locked in a cap – Vettel with a head

In addition to the current world champion, many other pilots commented on this topic. Sky Sports Summarizes the most important statements from the press conference:

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): “I may not be there for long, but I don’t have the impression that there should be a cap on upcoming drivers in terms of salary.”

Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo): “Formula 1 is thriving. We are giving more and more to the fans. We are the drivers in the center, risking our lives. I don’t see how the salaries of drivers should go down in this situation when Formula 1 as a whole is striving to improve.”

Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin): “Isn’t it funny that the question of the maximum salary is now being brought up at all times, when teams start making money in Formula 1 for the first time?”

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari): “If Formula 1 is in a crisis, you might have a chance to do something like that. But Formula 1 is booming. And now you want to set salaries? I think it doesn’t make sense and it wouldn’t make sense at the moment.”

Mick Schumacher (Haas): “Formula 1 is our life. It wouldn’t be okay if we weren’t rewarded for it.”


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