We are closing in on the return of Formula One, with the Australian Grand Prix set to get the 2020 season underway on March 15.
Excitement is brewing as we prepare for yet another enthralling season of top-class racing across the globe, but there is still a sense of concern that it could be yet another season of Mercedes domination.
Of course, if you are a Mercedes fan, or support Lewis Hamilton and/or Valtteri Bottas, you'll be happy with that, but as for other supporters or neutrals, they'll certainly want a closer campaign than last year.
Hamilton dominated from start to finish in his Mercedes, winning his sixth Drivers' Championship and giving Toto Wolff's side yet another Constructors' Championship, so all eyes will be on Ferrari and Red Bull in 2020 and whether they can close the gap or even overtake the Germans.
With winter testing currently going ahead in Barcelona, there has already been a lot of talk away from the track.
- Hamilton’s steering wheel at F1 testing raises eyebrows
- Ferrari set for contract talks with Vettel
- Vietnamese GP to go ahead as planned
Hamilton's new contract. Sebastian Vettel's future with Ferrari. The legality of Hamilton's steering wheel, and complaints about the Prancing Horse's new car.
However, another talking point which will emerge now is the salaries that the drivers will be taking home from the 2020 season.
A report has surfaced from GPFans that seemingly reveals how much each driver will earn from the upcoming season.
Unsurprisingly, Hamilton is taking home the most money, but Vettel isn't so far behind him despite his error-ridden season last year.
Whether he's proving value for money is up for debate, but Ferrari will certainly have decisions to make about the German this time next year.
Below is the list of what the drivers will REPORTEDLY earn next season.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - €48m
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari - €42m
Daniel Ricciardo, Renault - €18m
Max Verstappen, Red Bull - €16m
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari - €9m
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - €7.5m
Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo - €4m
Carlos Sainz, McLaren - €3.5m
Sergio Perez, Racing Point - €3m
Esteban Ocon, Renaullt - €1.5m
Alexander Albon, Red Bull - €1.2m
Lance Stroll, Racing Point - €1m
Romain Grosjean, Haas - €1m
Kevin Magnussen, Haas - €1m
Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri - €400k
Daniil Kvyat, Alpha Tauri - €275k
Lando Norris, McLaren - €225k
Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo - €200k
George Russell, Williams - €200k
Nicholas Latifi, Williams - Undisclosed
As you can see, there's a whopping difference between the highest earners and the younger drivers on the circuit, but still, we're sure Russell won't be scoffing at a cool €200k-a-year from Williams.
Of course, this is just reported salaries for each and every driver, but they will certainly be a solid, ballpark figure for what each driver will take home this season.News Now - Sport News