Ferrari’s straight-talking Horse Whisperer has taken a swipe at the latest F1 Driver Salaries list, published by the French blog tomorrownewsf1.com.
The ranking of F1 drivers’ salaries in 2012, according to BusinessBook GP, estimates the average salary for a F1 driver in 2012 at 5.34 million euros – 445,000 euros/month, up from 377,000 euros/month in 2011.
But according to the report, the gap between the haves and the have lesses is increasing, with the top 5 teams (Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes and Lotus) paying by far the best salaries on the grid.
But even amongst the haves, BusinessBook GP reckons Scuderia Ferrari is on a different planet – with Fernando Alonso apparently drawing a salary of 30 million euros. No wonder he’s always smiling these days..
F1’s premiere team rejects the report’s findings and has fired back with its most condescending prose. Let’s hope the news doesn’t come as any surprise to Fernando..
The Horse Whisperer: The same old story
This strange 2012 Spring is drawing to a close, but some things never change. Roses bloom in the garden, the smell of jasmine fills the air and, how could it be any different, journalists’ thoughts turn to the question of how much sportsmen earn.
Of course, there’s plenty of interest in Formula 1 drivers and, as usual, all sorts of airy-fairy figures are bandied about. Just arrived, but it’s surely not the last is something called “Business Book GP 2012.” This august publication would have Fernando Alonso earning 30 million Euro per year, or almost the same as the two McLaren drivers put together.
A shame then that it’s an other case of utter balderdash, that shows once again that those who compile these lists, usually like to quote themselves and each other, like dogs chasing their own tails, always putting Ferrari on top when it comes to money, whether it’s referring to driver salaries or budgets.
Things ain’t what they used to be we are told, but, when it comes to money, the song remains the same: Ferrari spends more than anyone. A shame then that the reality is very different, as those who work in the business know only too well.
2012 F1 Driver Salaries
Information provided by BusinessBook GP 2012.
- Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) – 30 million euros
- Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) – 16 million euros
- Jenson Button (McLaren) – 16 million euros
- Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) – 10 million euros
- Mark Weber (Red Bull) – 10 million euros
- Felipe Massa (Ferrari) – 10 million euros
- Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) – 10 million euros
- Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) – 8 million euros
- Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) – 5 million euros
- Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham) – 4 million euros
- Timo Glock (Marussia) – 3 million euros
- Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) – 1 million euros
- Romain Grosjean (Lotus) – 1 million euros
- Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) – 0.5 million euros
- Sergio Perez (Sauber) – 0.5 million euros
- Vitaly Petrov (Caterham) – 0.5 million euros
- Pedro de la Rosa (HRT) – 0.5 million euros
- Jean Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) – 0.4 million euros
- Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) – 0.4 million euros
- Pastor Maldonado (Williams) – 0.4 million euros
- Bruno Senna (Williams) – 0.25 million euros
- Nairan Karthikeyan (HRT) – 0.25 million euros
- Paul di Resta (Force India) 0.2 million euros
- Charles Pic (Marussia) – 0.15 million euros