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Verstappen responds to Hamilton salary comparison

Verstappen responds to Hamilton salary comparison

Verstappen responds to Hamilton salary comparison

Verstappen responds to Hamilton salary comparison

Max Verstappen has been asked whether he makes more money than Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton, in a recent interview.

The British driver signed a new contract last season to keep him at Mercedes for two extra years, but although the exact figures are unknown, it's believed that his younger rival - the reigning world champion - has surpassed him in salary.

Verstappen's bonuses for his supreme season in 2023, where he broke multiple records while dominating the rest of the field, puts his earnings firmly above Hamilton's, who would not have received much more than his base salary having not won a race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The dominant Dutchman claimed 19 race wins in 2023, as well as winning both the drivers' and constructors' championships with his Red Bull team.

Max Verstappen is a three-time Formula 1 world champion
Max Verstappen claimed 19 race wins in 2023, including 10 in a row
Lewis Hamilton is known to have a rather lavish lifestyle off the track

Verstappen's net worth

While this figure is expected to rise this season, Forbes estimates the Dutchman's earnings in 2023 at a whopping $70 million per year, including a base salary of $45 million and performance-related bonuses of $25 million.

But Verstappen's riches aren't just confined to F1. Although he lost his long-time sponsor, Jumbo Supermarkets, which backed him even before arriving in the sport, he still boasts a lucrative portfolio of endorsements with brands like Electronic Arts (EA Sports), Heineken, and Viaplay, reportedly adding $4 million to his coffers annually.

Speaking in an interview with The Times, Verstappen was asked about his salary in comparison to Hamilton's.

"Maybe, I'm not sure," he laughed, when it was posed that he may have earned more than the seven-time world champion.

Verstappen will head into the upcoming 2024 season hoping to maintain his level of dominance over Hamilton, his team-mate Sergio Perez, and the rest of the F1 field.

READ MORE: Lewis Hamilton net worth: Salary, endorsements and NFL ownership

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