Max Verstappen surpasses Lewis Hamilton to become the highest-paid driver in Formula 1

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are arguably the best drivers currently on the grid.

Both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen share fierce rivalry. The rivalry nowadays ends more in favor of Max Verstappen. The Dutchman managed to snatch the 2021 title away from Hamilton while completely dominating this year.

Regardless, the competition between the two goes off track too and is as close as it can get here too. Although this time it seems Max Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton. The source of the salary is Forbes.

Max Verstappen gets paid $60 Million

In 2022, Max Verstappen earned a total paycheck of a whopping $60 Million topping Hamilton’s $55 Million. The Dutchman scored 15 wins in the 2022 season – the most by anyone in a season. Verstappen dominated the season completely deserving of the salary he received.

Verstappen received $40 Million in salary and $20 Million in bonuses. The 25-year-old also has the longest active contract on the grid. Verstappen will be driving for red bull racing until 2028.

The now two-time world champion made a humongous 146 points lead by the end of the season. This helped him claim his second title in a row and red bull’s fifth constructors’ title since 2013.

Lewis Hamilton closely follows with a paycheck of $55 Million

Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton is unsurprisingly the second highest-paid driver on the grid. The Mercedes star driver receives $5% Million in salary alone which is even more than Verstappen. Hamilton has been the star driver of Mercedes for a long time.

He has been the main challenger from the Silver Arrows since 2017. However, the Briton endured a bad season in 2022. Hamilton slipped to the sixth position in 2022 35 points behind his new teammate George Russell who finished P4. His last race in Abu Dhabi end in disappointment as Hamilton had to retire due to a mechanical issue summing up most of his 2022 season. Although it was the first time this season that Mercedes suffered retirement due to a technical issue.

Amid this, Hamilton has put an end to the speculations of him retiring from the sport after 2023. The Briton has clearly shown his desire to race more and won’t be retiring anytime soon.

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