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Disgusting or deserved? Huge F1 salaries revealed

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Don't try telling Formula One drivers that the best things in life are free.

The salaries of the F1 stars on the 2014 grid have been revealed and they make for quite astounding viewing.

What is perhaps most striking after consideration of the respective wages of the drivers is the remarkable disparity between them.

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This is not only the case when comparing the top and bottom drivers in the Championship table, but also between rivals and team-mates.

Top of the list is Ferrari superstar Fernando Alonso, who retains his place as the highest paid driver in the sport.

However, he is now joined by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, despite the Finn being in the latter part of his career after moving back into the sport following a stint away from it.

Equally, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel is also up with Alonso at the top of the financial pecking order.

According to the Business Book GP2014, which compiled and released the salaries, the top trio, headed by Alonso, will all earn 22 million euros (£18m) this season.

This represents an increase of two million euros (Alonso), 19 million euros (Raikkonen) and 10 million euros (Vettel) for the three drivers, respectively.

So is it any wonder that poor Lewis Hamilton is reportedly hankering for an astronomical new deal at Mercedes, given that he's only paid a paltry 20 million euros (£16m) a year?

Having said that, Hamilton - who is in his second year at Mercedes having switched from McLaren - is still hauling in eight million euros more than his team-mate and rival for the Championship, Nico Rosberg. That can hardly be fair, can it?

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At the other end of the scale, Felipe Massa’s move from Ferrari to Williams comes with a four-million euros pay cheque, with Nico Hulkenberg earning the same amount at Force India.

Sergio Perez’s salary, meanwhile, has doubled to three-million euros despite being dropped by McLaren and switching to Force India.

Both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado will pocket three-million euros at Lotus, while rookie Kevin Magnussen is on a one-million salary at McLaren.

Valtteri Bottas has seen his salary increase to one-million euros (from 400,000) for 2014, while Daniel Ricciardo, who has won two races this season, will earn just 750,000 euros this season - the same as Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne.

Jules Bianchi’s salary is 500,000 euros; Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez's is 400,000; and Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat's is €250,000.

At the very bottom of the scale?

Max Chilton will earn just 200,000 euros this season, while Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson will pick up a lowly 150,000 euros, respectively.

So there you have it: F1 drivers are even richer than you probably thought. Who do you think is overpaid and who is underpaid? Leave your comments below...

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