​Top - and bottom - paid F1 drivers revealed

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Think all F1 drivers get the same salary? Think again. While three of the most successful drivers will receive a whopping 22 million euros (£17.5 million) – each – the bottom two racers on the pay grid will receive a mere 150,000 euros (£120,000) this season.

Before you feel too sorry for Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson though, bear in mind that even their £120,000 fee is more than four-and-a-half times the average UK salary. Sharing the podium at the other end of the grid however are Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, and Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel, figures from the Business Book GP2014 show.

Rewind a year however, and it was a very different story, reports Car Throttle. Alonso's pay has jumped two million euros since 2013, while Raikkonen's has spiraled by an enormous 19 million and Vettel 10 million euros – even the smallest increase of 2 million is more than the bottom six drivers will be paid this year.

Lewis Hamilton follows closely behind the top three retaining his 2013 Mercedes income of 20 million euros, with fellow Brit Jenson Button set to earn 16 million at McLaren in 2014. Chalking up a not insubstantial 12 million euro wage is Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg.

Next in line with a much lower four million euro pay packet is Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg, closely followed by Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado on 3 million.

The remaining drivers are all paid one million euros or less, with rookie Kevin Magnussen and Valterri Bottas receiving a round one million and star Daniel Ricciardo on just 750,000 euros, the same as his former team mate, Jean-Eric Vergne.

Jules Bianchi meanwhile will take home 500,000 this year, with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez not far behind on 400,000 euros. Rookie Daniil Kvyat is being paid 250,000 euros this season, while Max Chilton is set to get 200,000. The two Caterham drivers – Kobayashi and Ericcson sit at the bottom of the chart with 150,000 euro salaries.

Next time you think your colleagues are being paid more than you, spare a thought for poor Kobayashi and Ericcson, who receive just 0.7 per cent of the top three drivers' pay.