I shall just state first that, while not necessarily a Dr. Marko fan, I respect him. And I like Sebastian Vettel. *prepares for onslaught*
I think that, for all the verbal hits at each other, Dr. Marko and Mark Webber are eerily similar. Both a little brash in driving style, known for straight-talking, and absolutely take no punches without retort. So I am pretty sure that Webber can see that, without the negative implications, what Dr. Marko said was rather factual. That said, I won't be surprised if there is a future rebuttal from the driver. I personally hope it comes in the form of an improved performance in 2013. After all, sixth when your team mate wins the WDC is, frankly, dismal.
Next, regarding the 'politic-king Alonso', I don't believe Dr. Marko has said anything wrong either. His implications, however, we may be free to disagree with. It is rather obvious that Alonso has a hand in mind games wherever he goes. Dr. Marko then immediately follows up with the idea that stress has piled up on Alonso towards the end of the season. While separately, both statements are true (note he did not specifically state that the stress affected Alonso negatively, just that it was there
), the fact that they are printed one after another implies Alonso's mind games had led him off track. Here is where the fact that it was a printed interview in the Red Bulletin comes to play. Red Bull wants
the notion that Alonso is not mentally strong to be implied. But when printed, they can say they never explicitly stated that. Dr. Marko has his repartee to Alonso's "we're fighting Newey (and Sebastian)."
I personally doubt Alonso is as strong as Sebastian mentally (I dare say Sebastian is the best on the grid in this regard). But nonetheless, Alonso ought to be pretty good at holding his emotions back to win 2 back-to-back championships. Either way, we cannot decisively prove anything. Yet the fact that we are even debating Alonso's mental strength would be a plus in Red Bull's book. Mission accomplished, I would say. (And here some fans would claim "but we never questioned Alonso". Yeah, well the Red Bulletin was probably not written for you guys in mind.)
Another segment I find particularly interesting is when Dr. Marko stated Enzo Ferrari would acknowledge the opposition before rallying his troops to do better ('rather than fighting dirty' was probably implied). My interpretation is that Dr. Marko has noticed how, in recent times, Ferrari has gone from forefront constructor, to foremost detractor. My best way of illustrating what I mean is that instead of building up a car to match (or even overshadow) their peers, Ferrari chooses to tear down all new innovations so that no one can say they are better. (You can read my further rant on destructive Ferrari here
.) Possible implication? The current people at Ferrari are not living up to their history, and so resort to other tactics to bring us down. These tactics Dr. Marko claims Red Bull ignored. I agree to the extent that they ignored it to begin with. However, after the war was won, I cannot help noticing that Ferrari's tactics have been rehashed. So maybe it was only temporarily ignored? (AKA forgiven but not forgotten) Not that I can blame them. I personally bear grudges for a long
And finally, Dr. Marko looking like Sebastian's number 1 fanboy. Firstly, I vehemently disagree with that statement because I firmly believe that Sebastian's real fans don't seek credit for themselves. So Dr. Marko is really just Dr. Marko (and the Red Bull Young Drivers' Programme)'s number 1 fanboy. I do agree that Dr. Marko is usually rather complimentary towards Sebastian. However, in this particular interview, the good doctor didn't really come out and praise Sebastian, did he? Yes, he affirmed that Sebastian's talents include overtaking and is not only due to a Newey-car. But the main gist of the interview was more of "we'll keep Sebastian for as long as we match (because he is
good) but when we part we can still get someone else to replace him". That is definitely not meant to promote Sebastian. Rather it is to say Red Bull now has a pedigree to attract and
groom future champions. An understandably self-serving statement for the in-house magazine.
As for the Sebastian Vettel hatred, I completely agree with ImaCobra's view on fanboy-ism. I understand too when his driving style gets called boring or is criticized as an 'unworthy'
champion. The only time I get fed up is whenever someone disparages on his personality (calling him fake or arrogant or anything negative without first hand meeting him). That is just inconsiderate and unnecessary.