TOP EARNERS: Ferrari were the biggest earners during the 2015 Formula 1 championship, raking in $192-million. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic
Paris, France - Ferrari will receive more money than any other team in Formula 1 for 2015, despite finishing second in the championship to Mercedes, British magazine Autosport reported on Thursday.
The 2015 total payout was $965m and this will be distributed across 10 teams, with Ferrari leading the way ahead of the reigning double world champions.
Formula One Management (FOM) collates revenues from hosting fees, media rights, trackside sponsorship and hospitality, with the teams receiving nine monthly payments with a final payment due in early 2017 when definitive revenues have been calculated.
Ferrari will earn an estimated $192m - $33m more than last year - almost 20% of the total, of which $105m was bonuses.
Mercedes won 16 grands prix, including 13 one-twos, compared to Ferrari's three wins, but earned just 17.7% of the total fund with $171m - $74m consisting of bonuses.
Red Bull received $144m compared to the $87m earned by third-placed Williams, despite the latter finishing ahead of the Milton Keynes-based team in the 2015 constructors' standings.
Frank Williams's team will receive less than half of Ferrari's total, despite finishing just one place behind in the championship.
Force India and Sauber files complaints
McLaren, which finished ninth, receives a projected $82m, while fifth-placed Force India earned $67m, a situation which has lead to the team's complaint to the EU Commission over unfair competition.
F1 commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone admitted in Bahrain there had been "conversations" with the European Commission over complaints filed by Force India and Sauber, which placed eighth ahead of McLaren, yet receives just $54m.
At $965m, the teams' payouts are nine per cent up on last year's total $883m, despite there being the same number of rounds (19).
FOM's 2015 turnover is estimated at $1.9bn, with underlying revenues estimated at $1.4bn.
F1 Commercial revenues for 2015: (2015 world championship rankings in brackets)
1. Scuderia Ferrari, $192 million (2)
2. Mercedes-AMG, $171m (1)
3. Red Bull Racing, $144m (4)
4. Williams F1, $87m (3)
5. McLaren-Honda, $82m (9)
6. Force India, $67m (5)
7. Renault (ex-Lotus), $64m (6)
8. Scuderia Toro Rosso, $57m (7)
9. Sauber F1, $54m (8)
10. Manor Racing, $47m (10)