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Marko Watch: No Alternative for Vettel
Until recently most people were falling over themselves to talk Sebastian Vettel out of his Red Bull, insinutating that he won’t be a true great if he doesn’t win a title in another car. Of course that’s complete rubbish as many F1 champions, like Senna, Alonso and Häkkinen won their titles with one team and it didn’t dent their reputation. The first to go against the majority was, of all people, one who won for two teams – Alain Prost, who recently said that he sees no reason for Seb to leave the team that has built him a winning car consistently.
That of course is too good a clue for the good doctor to pass up and Mr. Marko went ahead to declare that there is no better alternative for Seb at the moment than Red Bull. “He would only want to switch teams if we no longer build him a good car”, Marko explains. “Why should he go to Ferrari or Mercedes, where he would have to cope with a Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton? And McLaren is an enigma relating to their car anyway.”
What sounds like typical Marko-speak reveals two interesting things. First is, that at least the doctor doesn’t want two top-drivers in the team. In that regard he surely has learned from the Pironi/Villeneuve, Mansell/Prost, Prost/Senna, Hamilton/Alonso pairings of the past, which all went south very quickly and publicly. But it’s also the first time he’s ever sort of admitted that in public.
Fernando’s qualifying woes
For all his Samurai tweeting, Fernando Alonso’s sword has been fairly blunt for a while, at least in qualifying. His Q2 exit in yesterday’s qualifying was the 8th time he lost out to his team mate on Saturday this year and the 10th time in the last 19 races as he also came second to Massa in last year’s USA and Brazilian Grand Prix’s. His narrow 9:8 lead over Massa this year is most likely the most disastrous tally of any world champion since Alain Prost, but the Frenchman had Ayrton Senna for a team mate at the time.
It appears that it is not only the car needs an urgent upgrade in terms of qualifying speed. His phenomenal race day speed will only get him so far.