Vettel fast becoming F1′s highest earner
27 September, 2011
Sep.27 (GMM) He might be the fastest Formula 1 driver in 2011 but Sebastian Vettel is still not the highest-earning driver on the grid, but is fast catching his rival according to Bild-Zeitung daily, reporting that the 24-year-old double champion-elect is making ‘just’ $21-million this season, which is nearly double of $11-million he banked last year.
Ahead of him are Fernando Alonso ($34-million) and Michael Schumacher ($28-million), but Bild claims that Vettel is fast catching up.
The newspaper said the Red Bull driver earns more with every success, including a $8-million bonus for winning the championship this year and a further 2 million on top of that if he wins yet again in 2012.
Vettel also reportedly makes a $675,000 bonus for every victory, which has amounted to no less than 4.5 million with his nine wins so far in 2011.
Even a mere podium earns the German an extra $337,000, according to Bild.
Triple world champion Niki Lauda told Austria’s Kleine Zeitung that success has not changed Vettel.
“Unlike some other people,” he quipped. “He (Vettel) is a very grounded person — personable, honest and normal.”