2022 F1 drivers: How much they make and the schedule for this season.
The 2021 Formula One racing season was the most-viewed season to date in the U.S., with an average of 949,000 viewers per race, according to ESPN Press Room.
The 2021 season’s Miami Grand Prix, which ended in a controversial victory for Max Verstappen according to Man of Many, averaged 2.6 million viewers at any given moment, setting the record for a live Formula One telecast in the U.S.
As of May 10, 2022, the 2022 season average viewership was higher than the 2021 average, demonstrating the sport’s growing popularity in the U.S.
How much do F1 drivers make?
Since 2017, there have been 10 Formula One teams each year. There is a maximum of 13 teams, but due to the $200 million upfront premium for new teams, there is a significant barrier to entry, according to One Stop Racing.
As of 2022, F1 drivers are salaried at anywhere from $40 million to $750,000, according to Spotrac.
Because each team has two drivers, there have been a total of 20 drivers in a Formula 1 Grand Prix each year since 2017. Here are the salaries, countries of origin, sponsors and car numbers for the drivers in 2022, according to Spotrac:
Lewis Hamilton, U.K. (Mercedes, #44) - $40 million
Max Verstappen, Belgium (Red Bull Racing, #1) - $25 million
Fernando Alonso, Spain (Alpine, #14) - $20 million
Lando Norris, U.K. (McLaren, #4) - $20 million
Sebastian Vettel, Germany (Aston Martin, #5) - $15 million
Daniel Ricciardo, Australia (McLaren, #3) - $15 million
Charles Leclerc, Monaco (Ferrari, #16) - $12 million
Valtteri Bottas, Finland (Alfa Romeo, #77) - $10 million
Lance Stroll, Canada (Aston Martin, #18) - $10 million
Carlos Sainz Jr., Spain (Ferrari, #55) - $10 million
Sergio Pérez, Mexico (Red Bull Racing, #11) - $8 million
Kevin Magnussen, Denmark (Haas, #20) - $6 million
Pierre Gasly, France (AlphaTauri, #10) - $5 million
Esteban Ocon, France (Alpine, #31) - $5 million
George Russell, U.K. (Mercedes, #63) - $5 million
Alexander Albon, U.K. (Williams, #23) - $2 million
Nicholas Latifi, Canada (Williams, #6) - $1 million
Zhou Guanyu, China (Alfa Romeo, #24) - $1 million
Mick Schumacher, Switzerland (Haas, #47) - $1 million
Yuki Tsunoda, Japan (AlphaTauri, #22) - $750,000
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2022 Formula One Season Schedule
The 2022 F1 season was supposed to be the longest to date, with 23 races planned at the start of the season, according to Goodwood Road & Racing.
The cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix, though, left the 2022 season tied with the 2021 season’s length of 22 races, according to WTF1.com.
Here is the schedule of races for the 2022 season, as reported by Goodwood Road & Racing:
March 20 - Bahrain, Grand Prix
March 27 - Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
April 10 - Australian Grand Prix
April 24 - Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
May 8 - Miami Grand Prix
May 22 - Spanish Grand Prix
May 29 - Monaco Grand Prix
June 12 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix
June 19 - Canadian Grand Prix
July 3 - British Grand Prix
July 10 - Austrian Grand Prix
July 24 - French Grand Prix
July 31 - Hungarian Grand Prix
Aug. 28 - Belgian Grand Prix
Sep. 4 - Dutch Grand Prix
Sep. 11 - Italian Grand Prix
Oct. 2 - Singapore Grand Prix
Oct. 9 - Japanese Grand Prix
Oct. 23 - U.S. Grand Prix
Oct. 30 - Mexican Grand Prix
Nov. 13 - Brazilian Grand Prix
Nov. 20 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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