Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team will receive a £9million bonus after winning the constructors’ title in Brazil on Sunday.
All 900 staff at their factories in Northamptonshire will share the pot, from the world champion driver to the lowliest cleaner.
Sportsmail understands that £9m is the final layer of an incentive scheme, the difference between finishing first and finishing second. Other bonuses that have already kicked in make the total payout even bigger.
Hamilton, who earns £32m a year from Mercedes including his bonuses, flew to London on a British Airways flight from Sao Paulo overnight on Sunday, having won the race, his 10th victory of the season.
He will travel to Mercedes HQ on Tuesday along with fellow driver Valtteri Bottas to help the team celebrate their fifth constructors’ championship in consecutive years. Only Ferrari, with six titles between 1999 and 2004, have won more in succession.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen’s Red Bull boss Christian Horner has defended his driver after he shoved Force India’s Esteban Ocon in the chest for causing him to spin while leading in Brazil.
Verstappen, 21, was ordered to complete two days of public service by the FIA for the post-race argy-bargy.
By Daily Mail