Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

F1 drivers need to get real over super-licences


rtr22j1l1hamyjpgA glossy report compiled by Formula Money last year contained a list of estimated Formula One driver salaries, excluding personal endorsements and bonuses, for 2008:

1. Kimi Raikkonen $37 million
2. Fernando Alonso $25 million
3. Lewis Hamilton $20 million
4. Jenson Button $18 million

 A further 14 of the 22 drivers were reckoned to have earned in excess of $1 million and just two, the unlucky souls who drove for the now-defunct Super Aguri team, were on a relative pittance of $100,000 each.

The salaries could be wide of the mark, such details being highly confidential, or maybe not. But they certainly make interesting reading in the light of drivers protesting about having to pay more for their mandatory super-licences while the rest of the world is worrying about losing homes and jobs.