Alonso hits back at Marko criticism

Friday 18th January 2013

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Alonso hits back at Marko criticism

Alonso hits back at Marko criticism

Fernando Alonso has responded to criticism from Red Bull suggesting he lost the title because he is too involved in "politics", saying he just drives the car.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko recently hit out at the Ferrari driver, who lost last year's title to Sebastian Vettel by a mere three points.

"Alonso is constantly involved in politics," said the Austrian. "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.'"

However, Alonso reckons for someone who is ignoring him, Marko has a lot to say.

"I don't think I am good at politics, I just drive the car," said the Ferrari driver. "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..."

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