THE 2022 F1 season is almost upon us with the controversy surrounding the 2021 finale STILL swirling.
Max Verstappen edged Lewis Hamilton to the crown with an exhilarating final-lap overtake.
However questions are nonetheless being requested concerning the questionable decision from F1 race director Michael Masi in Abu Dhabi.
The controversial finale noticed Hamilton give up social media for over a month with questions marks over his future.
However the seven-time world champion, 37, reported for duty at Mercedes HQ earlier this week to all-but finish the hypothesis.
With that information, the grid for the 2022 season seems to be concrete.
And but once more, Hamilton is way and away the top-paid driver on the grid.
The Brit star rakes in a staggering £40m per yr from Mercedes – greater than DOUBLE his nearest rival.
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Reigning champion Verstappen, 24, earns £18.2m a yr from Purple Bull.
And McLaren star Lando Norris is available in third after signing a new bumper four-year contract.
Norris, 22, will take residence £10.5m per yr – greater than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren veteran Daniel Ricciardo (each £10.19m).
Ferrari ace Carlos Sainz and Aston Martin star Sebastian Vettel each earn £7.28m per yr on their present offers.
Alpine’s legendary racer Fernando Alonso sits eight with an annual wage of £6.55m.
Purple Bull whiz Sergio Perez (£4.5m) and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon (£4m) full the highest ten.
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