Who represents value for money in F1?

Last month, figures were released with reported salaries of the all the drivers on the Formula 1 grid. It made for interesting reading, with Fernando Alonso continuing to top the charts despite no longer racing for a title-challenging team.

It can be argued that McLaren aren't getting much value for their money, with Alonso currently having scored just 11 points this season, all of which have come in the last two races.

However, it's perhaps unfair on the Spaniard to suggest that he should have more points to his name, with the 2015 McLaren hardly a front runner. So, perhaps it's against one's team-mate that best measure for success can be found. 

Here is a team-by-team breakdown of who is providing the most value for money…

Ferrari

Just in case

Sebastian Vettel

Salary – €28 million
Points – 160
Euros per point – 175,000

Kimi Raikkonen

Salary – €18 million
Points – 76
Euros per point – 236,842

Value for money: Vettel

 

Force India

Just in case

Nico Hulkenberg

Salary – €4 million
Points – 24
Euros per point – 166,667

Sergio Perez

Salary – €4 million
Points – 15
Euros per point – 266,667

Value for money: Hulkenberg

 

Lotus

Just in case

Romain Grosjean

Salary – €4 million
Points – 23
Euros per point – 173,913

Pastor Maldonado

Salary – €4 million
Points – 12
Euros per point – 333,333

Value for money: Grosjean

 

Manor

Just in case

Roberto Merhi

Salary – €150,000
Points – 0
Euros per point – N/A

Will Stevens

Salary – €150,000
Points – 0
Euros per point – N/A

Value for money: N/A

 

McLaren

Just in case

Fernando Alonso

Salary – €35 million
Points – 11
Euros per point – 3,181,818

Jenson Button

Salary – €10 million
Points – 6
Euros per point – 1,666,667

Value for money: Button

 

Mercedes

Just in case

Lewis Hamilton

Salary – €25 million
Points – 202
Euros per point – 123,762

Nico Rosberg

Salary – €13.5 million
Points – 181
Euros per point – 74,586

Value for money: Rosberg

 

Red Bull

Just in case

Daniel Ricciardo

Salary – €1.5 million
Points – 51
Euros per point – 29,412

Danii Kvyat

Salary – €750,000
Points – 45
Euros per point – 16,667

Value for money: Kvyat

 

Sauber

Just in case

Felipe Nasr

Salary – €200,000
Points – 16
Euros per point – 12,500

Marcus Ericsson

Salary – €200,000
Points – 6
Euros per point – 33,333

Value for money: Nasar

 

Toro Rosso

Just in case

Max Verstappen

Salary – €250,000
Points – 22
Euros per point – 11,364

Carlos Sainz Jr

Salary – €250,000
Points – 9
Euros per point – 27,778

Value for money: Verstappen

 

Williams

Just in case

Valtteri Bottas

Salary – €2 million
Points – 77
Euros per point – 25,974

Felipe Massa

Salary – €4 million
Points – 74
Euros per point – 54,054

Value for money: Bottas

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It is of course a rather rudimentary form of analysis, with a lot more to discover beneath the surface, but it's interesting to note that the likes of Verstappen and Nasr are giving their respective teams a great rate of return, suggesting there is a lot more still to come from the youngsters.

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