The Highest Paid F1 Driver in 2024: Is it Max Verstappen?

The Highest Paid F1 Driver in 2024: Is it Max Verstappen?

The Highest Paid F1 Driver in 2024: Is it Max Verstappen?

Salaries of drivers are often as exhilarating as the races themselves, and in Formula 1 with its high-octane lifestyle where everything is glitzy & glamorous, it might seem like an open season on disclosing top-earning race car drivers.

As we go further into the world of F1 and its speed, rush, and luxury to try to give an idea about salaries in 2024, we must discuss it so that fans are aware of who is the highest highest-earning F1 driver.


Max Verstappen: A REBEL With The Highest Pay


The driving force behind Red Bull Racing, Max Verstappen remains undisputed at the top of the F1 earnings pyramid in 2024. The 26-year-old Dutchman has been named as the sport's best-paying driver, reportedly pocketing $55 million a year. Verstappen's astonishing ascendance has also been assisted by his raw ability and is on a streak of three consecutive world titles.


Career and Success


His on-track performances have been the driving force behind Verstappen's rise to the top of F1's earnings table. With a career-best 19 of 22 wins in all for the year, and his more recent victory of the season opener on March 2, 2024, in Bahrain, he continues to be one of the best. The Dutch sensation's quest for success has struck a chord with fans globally and he is considered to be one of the people that the Drive to Survive series on Netflix owes its continued popularity — in the United States especially.


Lewis Hamilton: The Pursuer


Of course, one of those could be a certain Lewis Hamilton, who is never far behind the title-winning Dutchman and is reportedly on track to earn $45 million in 2024 with Mercedes. He hasn't won a race since 2021, yet part of the respect that comes with just being on this year's F1 podiums as he begins his age-39 season.

While Lewis Hamilton is no longer the highest paid driver, his net worth at this point is higher than Verstappen's considering the longevity of his career.


The Other Contenders


Verstappen and Hamilton are miles ahead in the earnings race, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc taking home a handsome $34m, losing marginally to McLaren driver Lando Norris who earns $20m. Mercedes also paid George Russell $18m — and that sum is a testament to the attraction of the best-paid drives in the sport.


Drive To Survive


So, in the electrifying world of Formula 1, where speed meets precision and mistakes could kill you, the salaries of drivers are just as thrilling (and just as subject to win/lose situations). With the 2024 season all-out war on the track as well with this one for the best contracts in motorsport.

Whether it is the F1 drama off-track from circuits, away in contracts, and negotiations of whichever top-tier driver you prefer or are a fan of; Verstappen aside from even a year ago to Russell now not only drives on-track interest across two continents but an intriguing spectacle to watch European fans online.
So, bring on the 2024 season; speed, skill, and a whole lot of cash — as drivers chase greatness in Formula 1.


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