Kimi Raikkonen has already won the first contest of the 2007 Formula One season according to the Swiss publication Blick.
Raikkonen will be earning, that term is being loosely applied until the drivers standings are announced at the end of the season, about 1 million US dollars per week at Ferrari. His 2007 salary is roughly $50 million.
Compare that to the champ. Alonso is reported to be making $35 million US dolars in the 2007 thanks to his switch to McLaren. Don’t forget that part of that 35 blow to the team budget is being softened by the new Spanish euros that are appearing in the McLaren budget thansk to Alonso arrival.
Some other numbers include $16 million US dollars to both Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button. Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa are reported to be making about $10 million in the 2007 season.
Michael Schumacher is still earning a nice chuck of change thanks to Ferrari. His 2007 salary is reported to be about $10 million US dollars with the understanding that is for his public relations work not some left over salary from his racing contract. He can add that to his reported $800 million US dollar personal net worth.
The most shocking number is the $7.5 million that Japanese driver Takuma Sato will receive in 2007. Part of that money may be directly linked to the sponsorship deals that he brings into the Super Aguri team.