A good one from Marilene - that the Doctor will comment again in the summer break....
So Seb engages Fernando during the season on the track, Dr.Marko engages Fernando in the off-season away from the track. Nice way of sharing work.
Thank you. I rather think Dr. Marko's job is precisely that, to shoulder all the politics that is not the drivers' or the designers' or the team principal's job. In most other teams, the team principal ends up having
to work the politics because they have no other spokesperson, so I think the one person Dr. Marko helps the most is actually Christian Horner. Which would make sense, since Red Bull has enough resources to make sure Horner does not need to take on multiple jobs. Dr. Marko may not help Webber at all, but it is also because Webber was never part of the programme that Dr. Marko is in charge of. I think many see it as Dr. Marko supporting Sebastian versus Webber, when really it is Dr. Marko versus Webber (with Sebastian being the excuse whenever Dr. Marko needs a comparison). The doctor just sees that whoever is not part of his programme cannot be as good as whoever is part of his programme, which is an understandable
if incorrectly biased view.
Then there is of course Briatore, who nobody engages at all...but that never stops him from 'sharing work' with Alonso.
Briatore is rather interesting because (other than the fact that he is no longer actively in F1) he could have been Dr. Marko's true opposite. Here is a guy who produced a double world champion in his 'new' team to challenge Ferrari and McLaren. The difference is that his driver chose to leave him in that critical 3rd year, rather than weather through the storm. Sure Alonso probably wouldn't have done as well in Renault in 2007 as compared to what he did in McLaren, but it must have hurt Briatore nonetheless. Yet Briatore still takes Alonso back and is actively in Alonso's side. That may be because Briatore has developed a genuine liking for Alonso and the way the Spaniard races, or Briatore holds true to the idea that he was right in grooming Alonso all along, and may yet return to F1 from other young drivers picking Briatore as a manager. Notice that, despite the crash-gate scandal, some of Briatore's drivers still hold true to his management. Alonso's good performance may partially account for that.
So I believe Briatore engaging in talk despite not being asked is really much like what Dr. Marko is doing - defending his own ability to groom young drivers. Substitute any other driver's name in and it wouldn't matter, because it is just the fact that they groomed the driver which makes them defend the drivers.
...and no one talks much about a Trojean horse Briatore owns in RBR stable.
Sure Webber maybe closer to Briatore and Alonso rather than anyone in Red Bull. But that would only drive him to want to out-perform Sebastian that much more, which would in turn bring in the points. I trust in Webber's integrity enough to not do anything to sabotage Sebastian. And if Webber manages to out-perform Sebastian it would be all the better for the team because, with Sebastian's high standards, it would mean yet another WDC and WCC trophy anyway. Sure Dr. Marko will be upset (his programme has been beaten), but the rest of Red Bull wouldn't care. Dietrich Mateschitz wouldn't care - and that is all that matters.
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Agreed. Other than someone already taken off, most comments on this thread have proven to be rather constructive. Agreeing to disagree on certain points is better than refusing to discuss at all.