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How much does a F1 driver make for winning a race and how many points are earned?

Formula 1 is loaded with money, but when the curtain comes down, how much do drivers make for winning races and moreover, how many points do they get?

Formula 1 is loaded with money, but when the curtain comes down, how much do drivers make for winning races and moreover, how many points do they get?

With the 2023 Formula 1 season about to start, it’s as good a time as any to take a look at the points system in Formula 1 and more over what kind of cash drivers make when they win a race. We’ve seen the multi-million-dollar contracts of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull and Mercedes respectively, but what about the winnings from the race itself? Let’s find out.

The points system in Formula 1

From the blistering speed, to the celebrity fans, to the glamour, glory and of course the champagne, Formula 1 is many things. Yet, when all is said and done, it’s truly about winning points. Indeed, it’s points that lift a team from ‘promising’ to victorious and drivers from ‘talented’ to legendary. With that in mind, here’s a look at how points will be awarded in the 2023 season, so that you have a clear understanding of just what it takes to win a World Championship in Motorsports premium event. To be clear there are as many as 26 points available to the winner of a Grand Prix, which includes 25 points for winning it and the possibility of a bonus point. See below for the details:

F1 points in 2023

PositionPoints Received

The Bonus Point

If you didn’t know, there is one bonus point available for the driver who records the fastest lap of the race. To be clear, said driver must also finish in the top 10 in order to be eligible to receive the point. Understandably, this requirement is to safeguard against any of the drivers outside of the top 10 pitting for fresh tires in the last few laps of the race in an effort to set a fastest lap, which in turn would compromise race integrity.

How much money do Formula 1 drivers receive?

Before we get into the winnings that drivers take home, it’s important to understand a few things about Formula 1. Firstly, there is the total pot size which stands at a staggering $900 million which is generated by various things, but in principle TV rights and the race fees that individual teams pay. Then we also have to consider the distribution of these funds. To be clear, the exact amount of money that a team receives can vary greatly depending on their performance during the season. To put this in perspective, Mercedes’ win as ‘constructors’ champion in 2020 saw them take home $135 million, while Aston Martin - known as Racing Point at the time - took home $60 million for finishing last, which as you can see was less than half of Mercedes’ winnings.

Now, where drivers themselves are concerned, it’s important to understand that as we just established above, the winnings per race go to the team across the season. In terms of what drivers receive, that figure is based in the contract they signed. While there may be bonuses involved per race, that is once again based in the nature of the contract they agreed to with their team. If you missed our report on current salaries amongst Formula 1 drivers, be sure to check it out, but ultimately the point remains the same: It’s more about the team when it comes to earnings from races, than it is the driver.


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