The money involved in Formula 1 is eye-watering, with multi-million-pound deals being signed between teams, drivers and sponsors on a regular basis.
The majority of drivers will also have clauses in their contract which could see them earn even more money if they perform well enough, with Helmut Marko revealing that Red Bull are contractually obliged to pay Max Verstappen’s F1 entry fee each season.
According to Lando Norris and George Russell, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc had clause in his contact which saw him earn a tidy bonus for finishing as runner up in last season’s championship.
The Monegasque driver’s victory over Sergio Perez in the hunt for second place means that 2022 ended up being a lucrative year, despite Leclerc’s failure to win his maiden F1 title.
According to sportrac, Leclerc’s current contract at Ferrari sees him bring home £12m every year, before bonuses and sponsorships are even taken into account.
The 25-year-old’s net worth is now reportedly approaching £11m, making his a more valuable sportsman than some high-profile names from other sports.
When compared to Erik ten Hag’s star-studded Manchester United team, Leclerc is reportedly worth more than Bruno Fernandes (£9.5m), Jadon Sancho (£8m) and Aaron Wan-Bisakka (£7m) to name a few.
Leclerc also has one of the most impressive car collections on the grid, with the 25-year-old owning a rare Bugatti Chiron which currently sells for nearly £3m as the crown jewel of his collection.
Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton earns a large portion of his income via endorsements, with the 38-year-old collaborating with massive brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Monster Energy in the past.
Charles Leclerc is no different and has one of the most lucrative sponsorship deals in the paddock, with watchmaker Richard Mile having partnered with Leclerc since his karting days.
To top off this lavish lifestyle and impressive income, Leclerc lives in his home nation of Monaco, somewhere which people all around the world dream of being able to live due to the exclusivity and prestige of the tiny sovereign state.
With Leclerc clearly able to enjoy his life away from the racetrack, the Monegasque driver will be dreaming of winning his first championship this year with Ferrari, who are looking to bounce back from their disappointing end to 2022.