Alonso refutes Marko’s claim he’s too ‘political’

2013 F1 season

Helmut Marko, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012Fernando Alonso responded to Helmut Marko’s criticism of him and denied he lets himself get distracted by politics.

Marko made his remarks last week in reference to Sebastian Vettel, saying: “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”.

Speaking at Ferrari’s pre-season media event Alonso said: “I don?t think I am good at politics, I just drive the car.

“Some recent remarks have surprised me, but I can?t see the sense in them. Some say they don?t read them, don?t hear them and don?t see them, before adding that they are not influenced by them: so clearly they do read them, maybe at night.”

Alonso also denied he had tried to diminish Vettel’s accomplishments: “I did not say that Vettel was not the strongest or that he did not deserve his three titles.

“There have been periods, like in 2011, when his performance level was fantastic and he was definitely the best.

“As of today, it?s impossible to say who will be our strongest rivals in 2013. Who will have the best car, who will have done the best job of preparation and had the best development, who will be the luckiest: there are so many factors which go to make the strongest combination of driver and team.”

However he singled out Hamilton as his most competitive rival and said he could win races in his first year with Mercedes: “Why do I say Hamilton is the strongest? Because it?s what I think, it?s my personal opinion and there is nothing political in that.

“Lewis has always won races ever since he has been in Formula 1, even in years like 2009, when he had started the season with a car that was two seconds off the quickest.

“When you look at what happens on track, you are well aware of what he is doing, that?s a fact. Last year, [Nico] Rosberg won in China, therefore I expect that this year, Lewis in a Mercedes can win more than one race.”

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89 comments on Alonso refutes Marko’s claim he’s too ‘political’

  1. maxmasder said on 19th January 2013, 0:03

    ok, let´s analyze Alonso´s words

    “I did not say that Vettel was not the strongest or that he did not deserve his three titles”… facts show he is right (he has said that Hamilton is the strongest rival…in his personal opinion)

    “As of today, it’s impossible to say who will be our strongest rivals in 2013. Who will have the best car, who will have done the best job of preparation and had the best development, who will be the luckiest: there are so many factors which go to make the strongest combination of driver and team.”… it is completely right.

    “Why do I say Hamilton is the strongest? Because it’s what I think, it’s my personal opinion and there is nothing political in that”…is it right?…why not? Is Hamilton an average driver, someone who shouldn´t be considered as “the strongest”? Are we in a position to judge someone’s personal opinion? How can we know what Alonso thinks or feels?

    “I don’t think I am good at politics, I just drive the car”…well, he drives a car and it is impossible for us to know if he considers himself good at politics so…it can be perfectly right

    “Some recent remarks have surprised me, but I can’t see the sense in them. Some say they don’t read them, don’t hear them and don’t see them, before adding that they are not influenced by them: so clearly they do read them, maybe at night.”… If you didn´t hear them, didn´t see them and didn´t read them, you couldn´t talk about them…if you spend your time talking about them, you are influenced in some way by them. All I can say is that he is right.

    I don´t know if Alonso is good at politics; I only know that his words make all the sense. This is the only thing I can say from a rational perspective.

  2. The Limit said on 20th January 2013, 5:06

    Handbags and ten paces stuff. I had to agree with alot of what Helmut Marko said in his interview, especially about Mark Webber, but to say others are political and ‘suggest’ that you are not! Right. They are all political in F1, and non more so than people like Helmut Marko. Fernando Alonso was within his rights to criticise Marko, yet I can still not get around this Alonso/Hamilton ‘lovefest’ we have witnessed recently. Both drivers last year showering the other with praise, once sworn enemies now the best of friends. I wonder how long that will last?
    Would Alonso be so full of praise had Hamilton just won three titles in a row, or is it because Hamilton has been out of the picture in terms of the championship in recent years? Its obvious that Alonso is of the opinion simular to that of the majority on this site, that Vettel is a good driver in an exceptional car. Put him in a Sauber for instance and the real ‘talent’ will be exposed.
    I have to laugh at all this. When the ‘majority’ of these guys win titles its largely down to the car being bloody quick, and consistenly so. It was the same for Fernando in 2005 and 2006 with Renault when he was champion, so thats important. Many harp on about Vettel never having driven a slower car than Adrian Newey’s Red Bull rocketship but that again, is nonsense. Vettel won the 2008 Italian Grands Prix at Monza in a Toro Rosso, the first and only victory in the teams short history. And in the rain I might add! Oh the injustice.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 20th January 2013, 11:56

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    They both tow the political line, they have to, it’s just that Alonso is much more likable than Marko!

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