Ferrari’s straight-talking Horse Whisperer has taken a swipe at the latest F1 Driver Salaries list, published by the French blog

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 euros445,000 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..

2012 F1 Driver Salaries

Information provided by BusinessBook GP 2012.

  1. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) – 30 million euros
  2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) – 16 million euros
  3. Jenson Button (McLaren) – 16 million euros
  4. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) – 10 million euros
  5. Mark Weber (Red Bull) – 10 million euros
  6. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) – 10 million euros
  7. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) – 10 million euros
  8. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) – 8 million euros
  9. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) – 5 million euros
  10. Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham) – 4 million euros
  11. Timo Glock (Marussia) – 3 million euros
  12. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) – 1 million euros
  13. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) – 1 million euros
  14. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) – 0.5 million euros
  15. Sergio Perez (Sauber) – 0.5 million euros
  16. Vitaly Petrov (Caterham) – 0.5 million euros
  17. Pedro de la Rosa (HRT) – 0.5 million euros
  18. Jean Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) – 0.4 million euros
  19. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) – 0.4 million euros
  20. Pastor Maldonado (Williams) – 0.4 million euros
  21. Bruno Senna (Williams) – 0.25 million euros
  22. Nairan Karthikeyan (HRT) – 0.25 million euros
  23. Paul di Resta (Force India) 0.2 million euros
  24. Charles Pic (Marussia) – 0.15 million euros

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