F1 driver Sebastian Vettel, who recently returned to F1 after a 10-year hiatus, will be the most expensive driver in F1 history, with his current Ferrari worth £2.1 billion.
Vettel’s latest McLaren deal is valued at a staggering £3.5 billion ($5.6 billion) and the world’s most expensive car, which he bought for the 2009 British Grand Prix, is estimated to be worth £1.7 billion ($2.4 billion).
The price tag is also dwarfed by that of his previous Ferrari, which was worth £3 billion.
The Brazilian driver has been in F2 for the past seven seasons, but was not at the 2014 British Grand Race when the Ferrari crashed.
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Ferrari has signed a new deal with McLaren for a six-year deal, worth £9 billion ($14.2 billion).
Mercedes will also have its first F1 car for the next two years, with a new car valued at £4.5 million ($6.5) million ($8.1 million) in 2017.
But with the current market price of the McLaren F1, which will be based on the value of its 2016 and 2017 cars, it is not clear whether the Mercedes contract will be worth as much.
The most expensive F1 cars will be driven by two men who were never even considered for F1: Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg.
Alonso is the highest-paid driver in the world, with McLaren having paid him a whopping £110 million ($195 million) to drive for the last three years.
Rosberg, who is the sport’s most popular driver, has only ever been considered for a Formula One seat, but the pair will share the top spot in 2016 and will be paid £80 million ($129 million) each.
Rosburg, who will be in his second season of F1 next year, will earn around £4 million ($7.4 million) per season.
The only drivers who will not be paid this much in F3 this season are the likes of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.
F3 is set for a revival after a decade-long slump, with new teams coming in and new cars on the horizon.
But who will win the championship?
The championship will be contested by three drivers, with the winner earning the title of F3 World Champion.
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Sebastian Vettori: £9.5million ($15.5m)