Red Bull Accuses Ferrari of Espionage
According to the reigning world champions' motorsport advisor, rivals Ferrari have somehow found a way to intercept Red Bull's radio conversations during the Sunday race, since their pit stop strategy for Mark Webber has been perfectly responded – at least until the last stop – by the Scuderia.
“We have noticed that Ferrari is doing some kind of espionage,” said the ex-Formula 1 racer from Austria, according to Germany's RTL television.
“We called Mark (Webber) into the box relatively late, and yet they (Ferrari) managed to get Alonso in as well. They had been able to respond to us.”
To sustain his opinion, Marko also admitted that at one point, Red Bull issued fake commands to Webber during the race, at which Ferrari did not respond at all, meaning they had a clear indication of what the Australian driver's strategy will be well before the race even started. Needless to say, Ferrari have yet declined to answer to those accusations. It's worth mentioning however that Ferrari's new strategist Neil Martin has been a Red Bull man until early January.
Race espionage or not, neither Fernando Alonso, nor his teammate Felipe Massa were able to stand in Red Bull's way in Catalunya, as the former finished 5th after leading the race in the first 20 or so laps, while the latter ended the afternoon in the gravel due to a gearbox problem, 8 laps before the finish line.