Motorsports salaries are typically kept in the dark. The driver’s earnings are usually composed of various elements like:
- Performance bonuses for winning races
- Sponsorship deals and at times;
- Other racing related income
In 2017, Forbes has tried to divulge information on how much these NASCAR drivers are actually making.
From the data that they have on file, these are estimates of the top three highest paid racers in 2017.
Number 1. Lewis Hamilton
It is estimated that Hamilton generated 35 million dollars racing for his team. He’s a 5-time F1 world champion and placed 2nd in overall F1 wins next to the iconic Michael Schumacher with an incredible 78 wins under his name.
Number 2. Sebastian Vettel
According to Forbes data, Vettel was able to win 52 F1 races most of which were with Red Bull and was able to accumulate a total of 30 million dollar earnings.
Number 3. Valentino Rossi
Rossi was able to take home around 25 to 40 million dollars. Rossi was actually the elder statesman of MotoGP but due to the reason that he’s been in the sport for the longest, does not mean he has plan of slowing down. Truth is, this is part of the reason why he has massive earnings.
These three drivers are among the reasons why more and more people are being hooked to the sport and why the bets and stakes are reaching an all-time high!