Kimi’s Column: Abu Dhabi GP Preview | F1 Driver Salary List For 2009

From | Finnish Translation Courtesy of Wolfie

The Final Attack

It’s the final race and I have good feelings like always when the
season ends and the vacation begins. Dubai’s neighbour has done a good job here and when everything is as ready as ready can be this is going
to be a cool place to end the season in the future too.

I’ll attack in this race with the same mentality as always. The
point of departure is that I’ll get yet one good result just like it’s
always excpected from a professional.

I dig the new tracks and places even though they aren’t like Spa or
Monaco. I’ve never had any difficulties learning a new track fast and
it will happen now too as soon as I get my hands on the job.

We haven’t done anything with the car since Hungary. But it has fit
well on many tracks. In Brazil we were in a good speed and could have
made more difference to McLaren without the difficulties.

I doubt our car will be as strong in Abu Dhabi but I’ll put
everything in the game so that we could still squeeze past McLaren.
It’s going to be a tough battle when everybody else are so close to
each other.

Then we’ll see what kind of traction we will get on a new asphalt in the final games.

After the race I will go quickly home. I will leave behind me many
good friends at Ferrari and we have had a cool three years together.
Let’s now first drive through this weekend and say arrivederci after
that. After that I have to tune and decide what I’ll do next year.


A new survey of F1 salaries is topped by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who has collected a $45m pay cheque this year.

The survey was compiled by F1 expert Tom Rubython, author of the Ayrton Senna biography The Life of Senna.

said: “There may be a global recession going on but being an F1 driver
means you earned a fortune last year. These figures are just basic
salaries, and don’t include sponsorship and other income, which can
often be three times that amount.”

In total, the 20 drivers who
will race this weekend have earned $126.8m – although if Ferrari’s
Felipe Massa is included (currently out injured), it brings the average
F1 salary for 2009 to $6.4m.

Despite the high salaries for the
star drivers, three of the top names are on no salary due to “rent a
drive” contracts – Kazuki Nakajima, Romain Grossjean and Vitantonio


1. Kimi Raikkonen $45m
2. Lewis Hamilton $18m
3. Fernando Alonso $15m
4. Nico Rosberg $8.5m
5. Jarno Trulli $6.5m
6. Sebastian Vettell $6m
7. Mark Webber $5.5m
8. Jenson Button $5m
9. Robert Kubica $4.5m
10. Heiki Kovaleinen $3.5m
11. Nick Heidfeld $2.8m
12. Timo Glock $2m
13. Giancarlo Fisichella $1.5m
14. Sebastien Buemi $1.5m
15. Rubens Barrichello $1m
16. Jaime Alguersuari $0.5m
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi $NIL
18. Adrian Sutil [Rent a driver]
19. Romain Grossjean $NIL
20. Kazuki Nakajima $NIL
* Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who is not racing due to injury, earned $8m in 2009.

15 thoughts on “Kimi’s Column: Abu Dhabi GP Preview | F1 Driver Salary List For 2009

  1. WOWWWW… huge different!!! This shd be part of the reason why non-Kimi fans, drivers & media dislike Kimi hahaha…


  2. To be honest….its a huge difference and Kimi has actually earned a lot….he should generously take the offer from Mclaren and not ask too much…..i mean….getting paid so much…..He should just accept an offer of around 15 Million..Kimi plzz don’t leave….c’mon man join the team before they just change their mind


  3. This is crazy..waahhooo..whats kimi do with that aloottss of money.He is a millionaire..he can just live with that money without working anymore.ow..kimi..i donno what to say..Yeah wonder there are too much kimi hatred out there.


  4. heavenlyla​dy Prewrote:@Everyone here in KRS….Hi!… Finally, I have gathered enough guts to start posting here.Whew!@ Saima: Ive been following your blogs the past 4 years and I must say yours is the best Kimi fansite ever!…Yesterday, Kimi attended the Tag Heuer store opening in Abu Dhabi Mall. Check out the pics at


  5. Thank you heavenlady! Yes, just seen the pics now, Kimi looks happier than usual at these press events! I’ll try and find the bigger versions soon.@Rahim: I don’t think assuming the reasons behind Kimi’s negotiation is fair, especially when it’s about him not able to swallow his pride or being too greedy. It’s not about money that he’s after. Far from it.


  6. The International 20 (Top-Earning non-American Athletes)1. David Beckham US$45.2M2. Kimi Raikkonen US$40.1M3. Manny Pacquiao US$40M4. Lionel Messi US$39.9M5. Fernando Alonso, Valentino Rossi U$35M7. Yao Ming US$33.075M8. Lewis Hamilton US$32M9. Roger Federer U$29.561M10. Vijay Singh U$28.681M…18. Jenson Button U$21.1MSource>


  7. Kimi confirmed to in Abu Dhabi that he has been only negotiating with McLaren and that Toyota never was an option for him. I guess we’ll hear the good news in a few days 😉


  8. All the people who are against Kimi for the money are just envious. I don’t understand why others think he is in there just for that. He’s in racing because he loves it and it’s his life!He just happens to get paid well for what he enjoys doing.Other athletes, as you can see, get paid as much but you don’t hear as many complaints…and they don’t risk their lives!@Saima – I also heard about the TS article. I think it ties up with the answers of Rosberg in Autosport. One of them to Brawn, the other to McLaren. I can’t wait for the good news!@heavenlylady – Thanks so much for the pics! Welcome!


  9. Here’s the latest on Kimi…from MTV3 29.10.2009 13:56KIMI: If you want to drive a winning car then McLaren is the only option. My situation should be clear within a few days…I haven’t even discussed with Toyota. Kovalainen complains about the treatment he’s been given in McLaren ( from Helsingin Sanomat)KOVY: I didn’t want to make a noise about it but it would be nice to sometimes get new parts in my car too – especially since we aren’t racing for the championship… It has been hard to accept that Hamilton is always on less fuel. I’ve tried to think it so that only now am I in the beginning of my career and I’ll still get opportunities…I’m gutted that I haven’t been able to take my place in the team. After quali I have often have good chances of winning the whole race but I just haven’t been able to take advantage of it….What does Kimi mean by "within a few days"?…Can’t wait!


  10. Saima, thank you for this news! I’m sure we will hear some good news from Kimi very soon.:)


  11. JohnNoble (NobleF1) on Twitter: Trulli has produced pictures of their crash to show he was alongside the Force India driver. Kimi and Fernando are laughing a lot.Fernando has every reason to laugh knowing he has taken over Kimi’s drive in Ferrari…But how about Kimi? I really can’t say much except that Kimi is such a real sport! What a guy!


  12. I’m saying that because i’m just worried….i hope he comes to mclaren…..and we all know….if Kimi comes to Mclaren….Kimi is the 2010 WDC….and then i’m sure he can demand if he’s not satisfied……Go Kimi just win the championship…………I’m sure….whatever happens if Mclaren dont get Kimi… will be a big loss to them


  13. @kracer:people think Kimi stay in F1 just for money,because many media always say Kimi doesn’t have motivation and recently Toyota say Kimi is too expensive,Haug stated the team only searched a driver who is hungry for sucsess,not just for money make more people think like that btwabout the listAlonso should be second a bit lower than Kimi if Renault didn’t cut his salary becuase global recession


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