At the end of his 5-year contract, Leclerc would be in the running to order more than $ 20 million.
Leclerc joined Hamilton and voiced opposition to a cap on wages
Charles Leclerc joined Lewis Hamilton in expressing his dissatisfaction with the proposed salary cap for drivers limiting their annual salary to $ 30 million.
“I do not agree with the salary cap,” he told Sky Italia. “We will talk about it with the FIA and with the people who are here to make these decisions,” said the 23-year-old.
Leclerc, who earns $ 12 million a year from Ferrari, is not among the highest earners in the sport. Lewis Hamilton is the highest earner with $ 40 million a year despite a pay cut and Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso make over $ 20 million a year.
In the wake of the $ 145 million budget cap for all teams, there is also talk of a driver salary cap that will impact the salaries of F1’s top 10 drivers.
Last year, Sebastian Vettel also reportedly earned over $ 30 million a year at Ferrari, but took nearly a 50% pay cut to join Aston Martin.
Leclerc is one of F1’s rising stars and will almost certainly be one of the few drivers to be impacted by the $ 30 million salary cap should it be made official. At the end of the 2019 season, he was awarded a 5-year contract by Ferrari until 2024, which the legendary Italian team did not even offer Michael Schumacher.
At the end of his 5-year contract, Leclerc would be in the running to order more than $ 20 million. That being said, Leclerc also said that no amount of money will distract him from the Maranello-based squad. He also mentioned the renewal of his contract beyond 2024.
Even F1 boss Stefano Domenicali isn’t totally in favor of the drivers’ salary cap because he thinks they are the stars of the show.
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