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2012-06-06 10:06

MASSIVE SALARY UNTRUE?: Sure Fernando Alonso is paid a great deal of money but if recent claims are true, the Ferrari ace will earn a salary equal to McLaren’s drivers combined.

Ferrari has denied claims that the team pays driver Fernando Alonso €30-million (R313-million) per Formula 1 season.

French publication Business Book GP 2012 claimed Alonso is F1's highest paid driver, with earnings almost equal to McLaren's drivers put together.

Ferrari's anonymous website reporter known as The Horse Whisperer said: "A shame then that it's another case of utter balderdash."


The columnist said Ferrari is "always put on top" in money matters, but "the reality is very different".

The Italian team has also rejected the latest round of speculation about the identity of Alonso's 2013 teammate.

When asked if the struggling Felipe Massa will be replaced, president Luca di Montezemolo told CNN: "In this moment my concentration is everywhere except the drivers.

"It's too early in the season and we will see after that."

Montezemolo said he was pleased to see the Brazilian perform strongly in Monaco recently, but also indicated Massa's place in the Ferrari hierarchy is clear.

"I count on him to take off points for Fernando's competitors," he said.

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