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2013 Formula One Driver Salaries

It’s the time of year once again where the guestimates and educated guesses are made by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo from information compiled by Business Book GP.

Topping the 2013 list is Alonso holding steady at 30 million dollars, and he is joined by McLaren refugee and Mercedes new boy, Lewis Hamilton also said to be earning 30 million this year, up from 24 million in 2012. Button is holding on as the leading driver at McLaren a 24 million, while new boy there, Perez is up 1.25 million from 2012 to 2 million for 2013, which is a nice increase for him, but at the same time is saving McLaren some 22 million dollars after the departure of Hamilton.

In 2012 Vettel and Webber had parity at Red Bull at 15 million dollars each, but this year Vettel is enjoying a 3 million increase to 18 million, while Webber remains on 15 million. Over at Mercedes the spending has increased significantly with the arrival of Hamilton, but Rosberg too is showing an increase over 2012, but only 1 million to 16 million, up from 15 million in 2012.

Hulkenberg moved from Force India across to Sauber for 2013, and that move doubled his salary from 750,000 in 2012 to 1.5 million for 2013. Maldonardo, staying on for another year at Williams gets an increase, up to 1.5 million, up from 600,000 in 2012. Another doubling his 2012 salary is di Resta, staying on at Force India, earning 600,000 for 2013, up from 200,000 in 2012.

As well as those above who all increased their earnings for 2013, a couple of drivers are said to have had salary cuts. Massa has apparently taken a 6 million dollar per year cut, all the way down to 9 million for 2013, down form 15 million in 2012. Raikkonen is also said to be taking a cut, down 2 million from 7 million to 5 million. Of course both of these drivers may have taken a upfront salary cut, but in reality it probably means that they have re-negotiated and are probably looking at increased bonuses for each World Championship point scored, so if they perform they may not be looking at an overall cut.

Looking at the 2013 team spending on drivers, the 800 pound gorilla this year is Mercedes, spending a whopping 47.5 million on their lineup of Hamiltona and Rosberg.  Ferrari has reduced their spend a little, coming in at 40 million, with Red Bull coming in third at a relatively economical 33 million considering they are the reigning constructors and driver World Champions. Although McLaren Mercedes has reduced it’s spend significantly after losing Hamilton, it is still spending 27 million on drivers this year.

After those 4 teams, the spend on drivers drops off significantly, with Lotus spending only 6 million, Williams 2.5 million and the rest are all spending less then 2 million, with Caterham spending the least of all at 450,000.

Formula One Driver Salaries for 2013

How much does each F1 driver earn?, and How much does each team spend on drivers?


F1 Tire Differences Between 2012 and 2013

Differences between 2012 and 2013 F1 Tires

Differences between 2012 and 2013 F1 Tires

Peter Hewson, the head of tires for the Caterham Formula One team goes in depth to explain the differences between the 2012 and 2013 Formula One tires as supplied by Pirelli.

Just as the teams got used to the 2012 compounds and how they worked with their own cars, Pirelli went back to work and changed things up for 2013 in an attempt to keep the teams guessing and to try to keep the racing as exciting as possible.

I’m not sure about you, but for me all the messing around with tires has added a level of confusion to watching F1 races. You are never quite sure of where everyone is at with their tire strategy or wear. On one hand it keeps us guessing to see if things change late in the race, but at the same time drivers are moving up and down the leaderboard like crazy and it all gets difficult to keep track of.

Anyway, here is some great insight into the world of Formula One tires.

Ross Brawn talks Telemetry

The telemetry systems on a Formula One car are an extremely important part of technology. The team observes what’s happening and advices the driver to make changes. Watch Ross Brawn and Nico Rosberg showing insights about telemetry in Formula One, and hear them describe how important these tools are in modern F1.

Formula One Clutches Explained

Steve Matchett is joined again by Red Bull F1 Team Manager Jonathan Wheatly as they dive into the current Formula One clutch setup, which unlike most vehicles is mounted to the gearbox and not the motor itself.

Check out, like everything in formula one, how light and how small the compete clutch pack is, to help fight inertia, and consider that it has to deal with somewhere between 700 and 800 horsepower, and during a F1 start it will purposely be setup to slip, which must generate huge amounts of heat. Incredible technology.

Starting a Formula One Car

Red Bull F1’s Team Manager, Jonathon Wheatley joins Steve Matchett to demonstrate how a modern day Formula One car still uses and external start system. They delve into the reasons for this, and discuss the weight savings gained by not having a starting system on board the cars.

Formula One Wheel Nuts

Martin Brundle takes an indepth and upclose look at wheelnuts in Formula One. Not the most riveting of subjects, but as with everything in formula one the teams look for every little advantage in every area they can find, and of course if you wheelnut solution is not perfect you may just lose a wheel.

Basic F1 Aerodynamics

Join Martin Brundle as he delves into the crucial elements of aerodynamics of a Formula One Car. He explains in great detail and demonstrates how the air flow changes around the front wing as adjustments are made to the wing. He also demonstrates the importance of the barge boards in controlling the airflow around the car.

A good solid look into modern aerodynamics on a Formula One Car, presented in an easy to understand way.

Spark Plugs at 10000 RPM

Ever wondered what a spark plug spark looks like at 10,000 RPM. Well here it is. Watch as it is cycled through from 1000 to 10,000 RPM. An incredibly strong spark as it gets up in the rev range.

Formula One Refuelling

Although refuelling is once more banned from Formula One, this video gives a good insight into the proceses the teams must go through to carry out a refuelling pitstop.

It also gives a rare look behind the scenes introducing the engineers behind the scenes in the garage that are actually controlling the whole fuel stop. And all along you thought it was a simple process of hook up the pipe and the fuel flows into the car, ha, this is formula one, nothing is that simple!

Formula One Brake Systems

Join the Toyota Formula One Team as their engineer explains some fo the features of todays amazing carbon fibre braking systems on Formula One Cars.