F1’s richest drivers of all time as Lewis Hamilton and co head to glitzy Monaco

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Monaco hosts Formula One's latest event this weekend, with the crown jewel of the motorsport taking centre stage as it looks to fend-off the threat from some of the newer tracks on the calendar.

The introduction of Miami and the upcoming event in Las Vegas in 2023 has put pressure upon the principality, although all those within F1 have spoken about Monaco boasting an untouchable status given its long links with the sport.

Many Formula One drivers live within the Monaco region, which has become a safe haven for the mega-rich within F1 – plenty of whom never need to worry about their finances again as they boast a remarkable net worth to leave their accounts looking very healthy.

But who ranks at the top of the pile? We've taken a look and ranked the top-10 wealthiest Formula One drivers of all time.

Jody Scheckter

The only African to have won a Formula One world championship, former Ferrari ace Jody Scheckter has seen his wealth rise significantly since hanging up his driving gloves due to a number of business ventures and is reportedly worth £79.1m.

The 1979 world champion sold a high-tech security firm he founded in the USA and has set-up an organic farming enterprise in England.

Martin Brundle

With a racing career scuppered by injuries, Martin Brundle has found the consistency he lacked on the track outside of the life as a driver and can regularly be heard as a co-commentator for Sky Sports' F1 coverage as well as conducting his infamous grid walks.

Despite only nine podium finishes during his career, Brundle has an immense net worth reportedly said to be around £79.1m following his media exploits since he departed the grid.

Eddie Irvine

Competing in the Formula Ford Championship at the age of just 17, the Northern Irishman lived and breathed motorsport but he never did win the Formula One championship – coming closest in 1999 when he finished behind Mika Hakkinen.

Racing alongside Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, Irvine finished his career with four race wins and 26 podium finishes and amassed a net worth of around £102.8m in the process.

Mario Andretti

One of the greatest motorsport drivers of all-time, Mario Andretti is one of few who can boast victory in the Formula One world championships, IndyCar, NASCAR and the World Sportscar Championship – helping him to boast a net worth of £102.8m.

Winner in 1978, Andretti's wealth has been amassed mostly away from the F1 grid due to his other motorsport interests but a return to the scenes of F1 for his family may not be too far away, with Andretti exploring the option of securing their own team.

Sebastian Vettel

German driver Sebastian Vettel has accumulated an impressive net worth in his career, believed to be around £110.9m, having spent a decade in Formula One and racing for some of the biggest teams on the grid.

The four-time world champion became the youngest-ever winner in 2010 at the age of 23, the start of a successful career that saw him race for the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari – departing the latter in 2021 to join Aston Martin.

Jenson Button

One of the finest racing drivers Britain has ever produced, Jenson Button won the world title in 2009 with the now defunct Brawn Racing and then went on to race alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren but never won the main crown again.

Now enjoying a productive media career with Sky Sports, Button is reported to have amassed an impressive net worth of £118.7m which comfortably puts him among the highest earners in F1 history.

Fernando Alonso

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso returned to Formula One in 2021 following his absence from the grid, with his endeavours in motorsport also seeing him compete in the Indy500 and at Le Mans.

Reported to be worth £189.9m, the Spaniard boasts incredible wealth from his successful time in F1 where he helped to attract more Spanish interest to the sport, paving the way for the likes of Carlos Sainz to reap the rewards.

Kimi Raikkonen

The 2007 Formula One world championship winner spent a whopping 17 years on the grid and was renowned for his calm demeanour in the track, earning the Finnish driver the nickname of 'Iceman', and his success is reflected in a healthy bank balance.

Raikkonen boasts a net worth reported to be £197.8m following an extensive career in F1 that saw him compete in 349 Grand Prix races.

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Lewis Hamilton

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will undoubtedly go down as arguably the greatest driver Formula One has ever seen, with an incredible 103 race victories during an illustrious career with McLaren and Mercedes.

Naturally, this has seen him amass a fortune in his accounts with a net worth reported to be £225.6m but, while monstrous, it still puts him some way behind the richest F1 driver of all-time.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher's name is synonymous with Formula One and he sits as the crown jewel in his racing family, which includes former F1 driver Ralf, his brother, and his son Mick, who made his F1 debut with Haas in 2021.

Boasting seven world titles, including five-consecutive championships between 2000 and 2004, the legendary driver has a net worth reported to be around £474.9m and this has allowed him to remain off the radar following a serious skiing accident in 2013.

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