If you’ve been paying any attention to Formula 1 in 2020, then you’ll know that this was a historic season. Mercedes-AMG Petronas won their seventh consecutive constructors championship, while Lewis Hamilton added a seventh world title to his resume — matching Michael Schumacher’s record wins. The race calendar was switched around various times, and most of the races unfolded without a live audience, but the show went on, even during a global pandemic.
We thought we’d take your mind off things for a bit and give you a sneak peek at where F1 drivers spend their time when they’re off the grid. This is probably where they’ll be relaxing and recharging during the offseason, as well.
Most of the 20 drivers on the grid are pretty private about their personal lives, choosing instead to focus on what they do best: drive to survive (that was a subtle nudge for you to check out the Netflix documentary series on F1). Still, it’s hard to keep secrets when you’re a world-famous driver competing in Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsports. So, here’s a rundown of 5 current (and former) F1 drivers and the fabulous properties they call home. We’ll come back to save you from boredom with a sequel to the list during the off-season, so stay tuned!
1. Sebastian Vettel’s secluded Swiss farmhouse
Now look, we all know that four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is probably one of the most private figures in motorsport. The Scuderia Ferrari driver is not a fan of social media, and he keeps his personal life away from the prying eyes of the press. Vettel prefers sending handwritten letters to fans or working on his vintage motorcycles instead of endlessly scrolling Facebook or Instagram.
So naturally, it’s not easy to get the scoop on where he lives and how, but we do know a couple of things. We know that the four-time Weltmeister responsible for iconic sayings like Grazie Ragazzi has a ‘modest’ $7 million farmhouse in Switzerland’s Thurgau Canton. We say modest because it’s slightly less in-your-face-glam than the other properties on our list, but don’t be fooled, it’s still a lot more glamorous than what most people can afford. It’s also reportedly not the only property the German driver owns in the area.
Unfortunately, we don’t know a lot more about these properties, and chances are we won’t uncover more juicy details anytime soon. Vettel is so dead set on his privacy that he even requested that the Canton of Thurgau delete his online land registry data so that nobody could go online and find out which properties were his. In Seb’s own words, ‘honestly, it’s ridiculous.’
2. Kimi Räikkönen’s uber-cool mansion in Baar, Switzerland
Our favorite grumpy F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen is also a resident of Switzerland, and he owns a fabulous mansion in Baar, a municipality in the central Canton of Zug. The Alfa Romeo driver paid $24 million for his luxurious Swiss abode in 2009 and reportedly named it ‘Butterfly’ for reasons unknown to us.
The villa has roughly 3,000 square feet of living space, and both indoor and outdoor pools, because, well, winter is pretty cold in Switzerland. Rumor has it that one of Kimi’s occasional neighbors is his former Ferrari teammate, Sebastian Vettel, who also owns a property in the same neighborhood.
Last but not least, the property also incorporates an underground garage that can accommodate up to 10 cars. That’s probably where he keeps his Ferrari SF71H, in which he won his last race for Scuderia Ferrari at the 2018 United States Grand Prix. The folks at Ferrari recently gifted him the F1 car, possibly in an attempt to cheer up the impossibly straight-faced Finnish driver. We can only guess what Kimi’s response was, and it goes something like ‘Bwoah.’
3. Daniel Ricciardo’s Swanky Los Angeles Mansion
Our favorite — we might even say, the only — funny man on the grid, Daniel Ricciardo is as outdoorsy as they come. He’s Australian, so his favorite pastimes include surfing, hanging out at the beach, playing basketball, hiking, biking, working out in the hot Australian sun, and gracing us with a perfect smile on the cover of magazines. But the current-Renault-future-McLaren driver also loves California, and he spends a lot of time in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Ricciardo first moved to L.A. in 2014 and bought his first home there in 2018 for a reported $13 million. His bachelor pad is located in the Beverly Hills Post Office area, which means his zipcode is none other than 90210.
Ricci’s house was originally built in the 1960s and features five bedrooms, a two-car garage, exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean, a pool, a spa, and a massive terrace that’s perfect for entertaining guests with his ‘shoey’ skills. An added bonus: the prime Beverly Hills location means Ricciardo’s neighbors are mostly A-listers like John Legend, Nicole Kidman, Jason Statham, and Jennifer Lawrence.
4. Lewis Hamilton’s glamorous Manhattan penthouse
We know that you’re probably sick of seeing Lewis Hamilton’s face plastered all over the news this year. He’s just won his seventh world championship title, something only one other driver has achieved in Formula 1 history, namely Michael Schumacher. We’re also going to have to start addressing the Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver as ‘Sir,’ as the 35-year-old Brit will be knighted following his historic achievement.
Now, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful athletes of all time, with a net worth estimated at over $250 million, so he’s got a lot of properties across the globe. He owns a four-story mansion in West London, as well as a glitzy apartment in Geneva, a massive condo in Monaco, and last but not least, a multi-million-dollar penthouse in Manhattan.
Lewis ‘Get-in-there’ Hamilton reportedly bought the 8,900-square-foot, tri-level condo in Tribeca in 2017. His neighbors at 443 Greenwich included Meg Ryan, Bella Hadid, Justin Timberlake, and Jessica Biel, among others. However, the driver never got to live at the place, and he put it up for sale in early 2019 for $57 million. At the time, the penthouse was the priciest listing on Realtor.com, featuring a gorgeous rooftop terrace, two parking spaces, and even a pool.
The steep price, however, didn’t manage to rein in a new buyer, so the penthouse was relisted at $52 million in February 2020. There’s no news on whether a new buyer has emerged, but rumor has it that Hamilton has already moved on to a $40 million apartment at 70 Vestry.
5. Michael Schumacher’s expansive Swiss estate
Former German F1 driver Michael Schumacher, arguably the best driver in the history of Formula 1 (we’re obviously Ferrari fans), resides in a massive estate in Gland, Switzerland. The Red Baron, as he was called during his time with the Scuderia, suffered a violent skiing accident in 2013, and has been recovering away from the public eye ever since.
The Schumacher family is understandably very private, and very little information is known about the retired driver’s health and evolution. However, we do know that the seven-time world champion has been recovering at his massive property on the shore of Lake Geneva.
The Swiss estate dubbed Villa La Reserve is not Schumacher’s only property. Michael and his wife Corinna also own a ranch in Texas and a house on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Rumors have circulated that the stricken F1 athlete had been moved to his Villa Yasmin in Mallorca, which his wife Corinna purchased in 2017. However, the family has denied this, so it’s safe to say that ‘Schumi,’ as fans call him, is continuing his long journey towards recovery at his home in Gland, surrounded by loved ones.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this sneaky sneak peek into the lifestyles of 5 rich and famous F1 drivers. Clearly, the list is not exhaustive, so stay tuned for Part II of our series to see more fabulous houses of your favorite drivers.
Featured image credit: Sally Forster Jones
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