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GP Week : Issue 160
Following Sebastian Vettel’s dramatic retirement from the lead of the European Grand Prix last weekend, Red Bull has seen cries of conspiracy from both the team’s star driver and from consultant Helmut Marko. “It just went to shit,” Vettel said of his race on German Sky. “I think it was clear to see that we were pulling away without problems. I think we could have been spared the Safety Car period. “I think the reason is clear,” the Red Bull driver went on to say. “I don't think there was a danger. There were pieces on the track earlier and it was acceptable. I think, in a sense, the Safety Car was to break our neck.” Vettel’s post-race comments would have been dismissed as the regrettable, in the heat of the moment remarks made by a passionate racer fresh from the cockpit were it not for the fact that the defending champion’s thoughts were echoed by Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko. “Vettel was too far ahead and so the field was brought back together,” Marko said of the Valencia Safety Car. But Marko appears to be convinced of a wider conspiracy against Red Bull this season, telling Austrian website motorline.cc that paddock politics make him paranoid. “When you think about the course of a race weekend, it all sounds so nice and so simple, but it's very different in reality,” Marko said. “There is so much politics involved. If Martin Whitmarsh wishes me a pleasant day, I get really nervous and wonder what is up.” According to Marko, Red Bull’s special status in the paddock makes the team a constant target. “The first reason is that we are not a car maker or a traditional racing car constructor,” he said. “What hurts even more is that along with Ferrari we have reached a super deal with Bernie Ecclestone, and not just in the budget but also in the prestige. That's why our life is really difficult at the moment.” THE GREAT RED BULL CONSPIRACY. NOT! Sebastien Vettel leads the race at the European GP before a Safety Car and a failed alternator put an end to his dominating performance. 3 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS