Lewis Hamilton reportedly stands to earn a whopping bonus if he pips Max Verstappen to the F1 world title in Abu Dhabi. The pair go into the finale level pegging after a dramatic season thus far, with a straight shootout to decide who goes down in the history books.
At face value, Verstappen could be deemed the hungrier driver in light of the fact he is chasing his first world title.
However, Mercedes have made sure that Hamilton has plenty of incentive too, and it is not just down to the fact that his eighth crown would take him one clear of Michael Schumacher at the top of the list.
According to The Sun, the Brit stands to pocket a colossal £3.4million bonus if he clinches the world title on Sunday.
Even without the bonus, Hamilton is comfortably the top earner in F1, with youngster Verstappen trailing behind in second spot.
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However, on Friday the two rivals showed sportsmanship by shaking hands with each other ahead of the finale in Abu Dhabi.
After shaking hands, Wolff said: “Good luck. May the best man and the best team win.” Horner responded: “Exactly that. It’s been an intense competition.
“It’s been intense between the two of us, it’ll be intense next year and the year after but we’ve got two great teams, we’re separated by about 15 miles back in the UK and I think the commitment that has gone in has been phenomenal.
“I can’t speak for Toto’s team, but I know our team has just been outstanding this year through the whole pandemic, through all the challenges, the triple headers, everything that we’ve had thrown at us, I think has been has been outstanding, so yeah, if he [Hamilton] slowed down a bit, it would certainly help.”