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Max Verstappen earns extra £12m in bonuses alone for historic F1 season after beating Lewis Hamilton to title

MAX VERSTAPPEN reportedly pocketed £12million in bonuses for his Formula 1 world championship triumph on Sunday.

The Dutchman controversially pipped Lewis Hamilton to the title after a questionable late decision by under-fire FIA chief Michael Masi.

As well as sealing him title championship glory, Masi's decision also earned Verstappen a pretty penny.

The 24-year-old earns a base salary of around £18.2million with Red Bull.

According to Marca, this figure went up by an astonishing £12m for his success.

So Verstappen had even more reason to celebrate alongside girlfriend Kelly Piquet.

He also stopped for selfies with Geri Horner, wife of Red Bull team principal Christian.

Hamilton, 36, remains comfortably the top-paid driver in F1 this year.

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Including bonuses and add-ons, the Brit was thought to earn around £40m with Mercedes.

And it could have been even more.

SunSport revealed last week that he could have pocketed a further £4m in bonuses, had he won his eighth world title.

But he was denied this further boost by Masi's late controversy, with stars including Gary Lineker hitting out at the FIA.

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