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Top 10 highest paid Formula 1 superstars

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Formula 1 - with its fast cars and petrol-fueled action - is matched by the high-octane salaries paid to the drivers.

Superstar racers like Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso command huge salaries as they strive to cut seconds of lap times to help their team become the fastest.

The top 10 highest-paid drivers together earned 100 million euros ($137 million dollars) in 2013, according to data compiled by Business Book GP, an annual book that publishes drivers' salaries.

Drivers can often earn more than their base salary through endorsements and other bonuses.

Prize money payouts from major races such as the Monaco Grand Prix have always been a complex topic. F1's prize fund has traditionally been split between the top 10 teams with any outside of those 10 receiving $10 million. This was part of an agreement F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone had with former head of the motor sport governing body Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Max Mosley.

This so-called Concorde Agreement has now expired and has not been renewed, meaning the eleventh team will miss out on the money.

Any money won by drivers is paid to the team, and the team will pay the drivers.

We've compiled a list of the best-paid F1 drivers from data published in the Business Book GP.


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