Top Formula One motorists are some of the best-paid professional athletes worldwide, with the ones at the very top of the pay grid making more than €& euro; 1 million(around $1.1 million) per race. And although motorists are mainly paid based on their racing ability, intangibles such as marketability are likewise taken into consideration by the teams when choosing who to sign and how much to pay them. For an illustration of simply just how much cash a leading F1 motorist makes, in an interview with the main F1 website, Jenson Button was requested for his best suggestion to prevent anxiety at airports. His response: “Fly independently!” Or you might just buy your very own plane, like Lewis Hamilton: Bonjour Montreal! All set for #CanadianGP? My #Challenger 605 #MegaJet was built right here by the crew @Bombardier_jets. pic.twitter.com/sewa1XqgZJ— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 4, 2015 That said, there is a big drop-off in between the best-paid motorists and the mid-level ones, then again to those at the extremely bottom. Recently, Company Book GP and Spanish paper El Mundo Deportivo published a list of approximated motorist wages for the 2015 season (h/t Crash.net), and that suggests it is time for our midseason value-for-money ranking. These rankings are not a definitive indication which drivers are doing the most with the least. After all, it’s not Fernando Alonso’s fault he signed a big contract with McLaren and was then handed a car that can barely complete a race. However, the rankings can give us a concept of which drivers might be undervalued or miscalculated based on their efficiencies so far. Last year, for example, in our end-of-season rankings, Daniel Ricciardo was the most undervalued motorist on the grid. This year, despite receiving a raise and driving a less competitive automobile, he is still among the very best deals in F1 (although he stated he would trade the money for a much better vehicle, per Autosport’s Lawrence Barretto and Ian Parkes). Here are this year’s midseason rankings: Euros Per P.
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