Marko: Alonso seems to have problems if he doesn’t win
3 December, 2012
Dec.3 (GMM) Red Bull Racing motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has suggested that Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is a bad loser, and as a result turns his losses into political issues such as the recent yellow flag saga at Interlagos.
“When [Alonso] doesn’t win, then he develops incredible political skills,” Marko added at a celebratory event in Graz, Austria.
As the yellow flag saga unfurled, Spaniard Alonso referred to “the correct rules” being his “miracles”.
It was also rumoured that the Alonso camp got fully behind the campaign to disseminate the video evidence of Vettel’s allegedly illegal overtake throughout the internet.
As for next year, Marko has no problem admitting that Red Bull will be a favourite, “We assume that we will have a competitive car. Why should things change so much? We have the same team.”
Also essentially the same in 2013, will be the regulations, leaving Marko to point out that the one changing element will be Pirelli’s significantly different tyres. And he thinks Ferrari will continue to be the main enemy.
“McLaren has been weakened significantly by the departure of Hamilton,” said Marko. “Despite what Niki Lauda says, I don’t see the possibility that [Hamilton] will be racing for the championship [at Mercedes]. That leaves only Ferrari. It will surely be a tough fight with them again.”
Marko also hit back at Alonso, after the Spaniard recently said that his real championship rival is Red Bull designer Adrian Newey, “Our Spanish adversary does not seem quite up to date with his knowledge of the quality of Herr Vettel. Yes, Vettel races in a Newey car, but [Alonso] seems to have missed that we put two [Newey cars] at the start, and at the end it is always Vettel who wins.”
Marko’s comments might be seen as a barb at Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber, who this season won twice in the Newey-penned RB8.
Webber, however, does not think that he is being eased into the ‘number 2′ role at Red Bull.
“I’m not thinking I’ve got to be playing a team role as such,” he told reporters late last week in Tasmania, for his regular outdoor adventure event. I’m [in F1] for myself, to get the best results possible and to do that I need to be part of the team.”
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