You do realise that I meant Seb struggled in Spain and Monaco (which is why I mentioned them) so they introduced this engine mapping.
According to the team, he had a damaged chassis in those races, which has been replaced in Turkey, where he was faster except in Q3 (because of an anti-roll bar failure). 3 poles out of the first 4 races does not agree with the "engine mapping change" conspiracy theory either.
In 2012 Webber was leading the qualifying battle 5-4 after Silverstone, the car wasn't optimised for Vettel as this point. By the end of the year it was.
Why choose Silverstone ? This really sounds like cherry picking a point in the season where the Australian happened to have a small lead. Just one race earlier or later that would not have been the case. Note that Webber also qualified better 3-2 in the last 5 races (including at tracks like Abu Dhabi where he has always been worse previously), contrary to the popular myth of the car being "fixed" at the end of the season to suit Vettel. The fact is that the overall VET-WEB qualifying score is 11-9 for the entire season (about even), and there is no statistically significant difference between the first (5-5) and the second (6-4) half, especially considering the first half included most of the traditional "Webber tracks".
In 2012, Webber has been competitive in qualifying throughout the season, but Vettel had the advantage in the races already at the beginning.
Only someone who's just as deluded as those who criticise Vettel will not admit that Vettel gets better support (if only marginally) to Webber. Let's look at Silverstone 2010 and Turkey 2010 when they gave Webber's front wing to Vettel and when Marko criticised Webber when it was clear to the world that Vettel made the mistake.
Marko's criticism has nothing to do with a driver being supported or not. It does not make his car slower by even a millisecond. It is also curious how people keep coming up with Silverstone 2010 as "the" example of Vettel getting a car advantage (by the way, Webber was not particularly enthusiastic about that new wing until it was taken away); is it that difficult to find any others ? Speaking of 2010, isn't it the season when Vettel was used to fix the Hungarian race for Webber ? But let's assume for a moment that the favoritism accusations are true (not that I agree with them): do you think it is because Vettel is the better driver at Red Bull - which makes them no different from other top teams like Ferrari, Lotus, even McLaren when one driver was clearly better - or because they want to make a mediocre driver look better than he really is for some unknown and nonsensical reason ?
Edited by sv401, 21 September 2013 - 20:30.