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Helmut Marko keeps heating up the scene

The Red Bull adviser latest comments in reference to Mark Webber found a swift response.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013 (F1plus Team).- Red Bull adviser found himself in another –even more- difficult situation after his latest comments received a short but strong response from his latest subject, Mark Webber. We say “even more” because one thing is making comments about other teams and drivers, and another about your own.Few weeks ago Marko said that Fernando Alonso did not do better in 2012 because he was “too worried about politics” making also clear reference to Ferrari in the process.

Now and again, Marko voiced few of his thoughts, in this case about the Australian and Red Bull driver, Mark Webber. In both instances, the German has found smart and quick responses.

Alonso reduced the relevance of his comments, while also hinting that Ferrari –different than Red Bull- makes a living by selling cars too, not only by racing them.

Going back to the Australian. Using Red Bull's in-house Red Bulletin magazine, Marko recently told that Webber "falls into a downward spiral" when dealing with teammate Sebastian Vettel's quick pace or a mechanical problem makes an appearance.

These are all understandable as no one likes other to be faster or having unforeseen yet, constant issues that might deter one chances to thrive or at least compete.

Marko added that Webber has "a little trouble with the pressure" when involved in a strong championship position. He granted though that the Australian is "on average two races per year where he is unbeatable", but quickly leveled that comment by saying then he's unable to maintain his form and that he cannot cope with the pressure of being a Formula 1 title contender.

The turn was for Webber to reply (through his own personal website), by following somewhat Alonso strategy, and he simply dismissed Marko’s words.

"Look, everyone at this level has their own agendas and it's been evident for a long time now that I've never been a part of Marko's," Webber said.

With the 2013 season just around the corner, Webber said he’s enjoying a cool pre-season with new race engineer Simon Rennie , a move he deems to be crucial.

"I'm sure we've got another exciting and challenging season ahead, and it'll be interesting to see who comes out of the gates strongly; you might get an inkling from pre-season testing to the form book but it's only when we arrive in Melbourne for the first race that the gloves really come off.

"I'm certainly looking forward to getting my hands on the RB9 and I also have a new race engineer in Simon Rennie. It's going to be important to have a solid pre-season with him after spending some six years with Ciaron Pilbeam who I had a long and enjoyable relationship with, but he's no longer with the team. I'm looking forward to starting the season in Australia having prepared very well for it over the past two months. But it's clear there's no point getting too far ahead of yourself, so it's a case of taking each week, test and race as it comes."

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