Do you still remember in Germany Grand Prix on July 25, when Felipe Massa led the race and then he step aside to gave victory to his teammate, Fernando Alonso? Although Ferrari has denied and claimed that it wasn't a "team order", the fact that Fernando Alonso is Ferrari's golden boy is undeniable.
This is make sense because Fernando Alonso has the highest salary in F1, and Ferrari would do anything to see him become F1 World Champion. While for Felipe Massa, he's only in third rank of the highest paid driver in F1, with salary less than halves of Alonso's.
F1 drivers always among the richest athletes on the planet. With the risk in their sport, it is reasonable that they are paid more than any other athletes. These are the diver's salary list of this year F1 championship (not including victory bonus or other endorsements):
1. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) €30 million
2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) €16 million
3. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) €14 million
4. Jenson Button (McLaren) €9 million
5. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) €8 million
6. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) €8 million
7. Robert Kubica (Renault) €7.5 million
8. Rubens Barrichello (Williams) €5.5 million
9. Mark Webber (Red Bull) €4.2 million
10. Jarno Trulli (Lotus) €3 million
11. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus) €3 million
12. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) €2 million
13. Timo Glock (Virgin) €1 million
14. Nico Hulkenberg (Williams) €0.7 million
15. Pedro de la Rosa (Sauber) €0.5 million
Note: €1 is approx. equal to US$1.262
It's interesting to see that the strongest contender for this year championship, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, is paid way way less than Fernando Alonso, who currently only stands on the 5th rank of the championship table.