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Alonso too worried about politics - Marko

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says Sebastian Vettel won the championship in part because the German "ignores it all".
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January 9th, 2013 (F1plus Team).- It seems that the debate about who was the deserving 2012 Formula 1 champion is still open for some, even though the reality is that Sebastian Vettel won it for third consecutively time, with a three point margin over Fernando Alonso.

For Red Bull's Motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko, Vettel had better chances than Alonso because the Ferrari man "is busy with politics and funny comments".

The comments were published in the latest edition of Red Bull's in-house magazine the Red Bulletin, in which Marko argued that Alonso got distracted by off-track aspects while Vettel focused solely on driving.

Let’s just do a quick recap. Alonso was leading the standing by 40 points just going into the summer break, but Vettel turned around the deficit with three straight victories plus superb and constant results, which ended up giving him the title.
Marko said Vettel's improvement in form was due to his ability ingnore stuff from the rest of the world and that Alonso's willingness to engage in politics had hampered his own chances.

"Sebastian's driving was virtually flawless," Marko said. "But he is a phenomenon: it is always like that. After the summer break, his performance curve shoots up. That's what happened in previous years, too. I don't know how he does it, but to keep doing it cannot be a coincidence."

That brings us back to his method of preparation, the way he shuts himself off from the rest of the world, so that he can still call on reserves that other drivers might not have: Fernando Alonso, for example, who is busy with politics and funny comments. Vettel ignores it all, he doesn't read the newspapers, or the internet. And that's the point, you see, we concentrate on our job: to make the fastest car and the best team possible."

Marko then added that Alonso's cracked under pressure towards the end of the championship by commenting and trying to divert Vettel's attention.

"Alonso is constantly involved in politics. I believe we saw the stress he was under towards the end of the season. Saying things like, "I'm competing against Hamilton, not Vettel," and "I'm up against Newey," these psychological skirmishes. We said, "Just ignore him.""

Vettel and Alonso battled until the end of the season (LAT Photo)

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